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Eric Vanman

Eric Vanman

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Eric J. Vanman is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland Australia. After receiving his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Southern California in 1994, he was a post-doctoral fellow in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience at USC and then spent a year as a research scientist at Texas A&M University in the College of Architecture. He was then a lecturer at Emory University until his appointment as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University in 2000. He left Georgia State in 2007 as an Associate Professor to take up his current position. His research interests include the social neuroscience of emotion and intergroup prejudice, and his studies have incorporated several kinds of psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods.

Dr. Vanman is perhaps best known for his research on racial prejudice, in which participants’ facial EMG activity (i.e., activation of frowning and smiling muscles, in the absence of detectable facial displays of emotion) has been found to be related to prejudice and discriminatory behavior. His work on unconscious bias displayed via psychophysiological measures was among a few early studies that laid the groundwork for research on implicit measures that has dominated this research area in recent years.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Foundations of Research
  • History of Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Psychology of Prejudice
  • Psychophysiology
  • Psychophysiology of Emotion
  • Social Psychology
  • Teaching Practicum
  • The Neuroscience of Social Behaviour

Eric Vanman
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
University of Queensland
St. Lucia, QLD 4072

  • Phone: 61 733656404
  • Fax: 61 733653542

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