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.
- Blascovich, J., Mendes, W. B., Vanman, E., & Dickerson, S. (2011). Social psychophysiology for social and personality psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Cui, Q., Vanman, E. J., Wei, D., Yang, W., Jia, L., & Zhang, Q. (2013) Detection of deception based on fMRI activation patterns underlying the production of a deceptive response and receiving feedback about the success of the deception after a mock murder crime. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Advance Access : 1-9.
- Milston, S. I., Vanman, E. J., & Cunnington, R. (2013). Cognitive empathy and motor activity during observed actions. Neuropsychologia, 51(6), 1103-1108.
- Molenberghs, P., Halasz, V., Mattingley, J. B., Vanman, E. J., & Cunnington, R. (2012). Seeing is believing: Neural mechanisms of action-perception are biased by team membership. Human Brain Mapping.
- Philipp, M.C., Storrs, K. R., & Vanman, E. J. (2012). Sociality of facial expressions in immersive virtual environments: A facial EMG study. Biological Psychology, 91(1), 17-21.
- Rani, P., Lui, Sarkar, N., & Vanman, E. J. (2006). An empirical study of machine learning techniques for affect recognition in human-robot interaction. Pattern Analysis and Applications, 9, 58-69.
- Read, S. J., Vanman, E. J., & Miller, L. C. (1997). Connectionism, parallel constraint satisfaction processes, and Gestalt principles: (Re)introducing cognitive dynamics to social psychology. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1, 26-53.
- Striano, T., Brennan, P. A., & Vanman, E. J. (2002). Maternal depressive symptoms and 6-month-old infants' sensitivity to facial expressions. Infancy, 3, 115-126.
- Tobin, R. M., Graziano, W. G., Vanman, E. J., & Tassinary, L. G. (2000). Personality, emotional experience, and efforts to control emotions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 656-669.
- Vanman, E. J., Boehmelt, A. H., Dawson, M. E., & Schell, A. M. (1996). The varying time courses of attentional and affective modulation of the startle eyeblink reflex. Psychophysiology, 33, 691-697.
- Vanman, E. J., Dawson, M. E., & Brennan, P. A. (1998). Affective reactions in the blink of an eye: Individual differences in subjective experience and physiological responses to emotional stimuli. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 994-1005.
- Vanman, E. J., Paul, B. Y., Ito, T. A., & Miller, N. (1997). The modern face of prejudice and structural features that moderate the effect of cooperation on affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 941-959.
- Vanman, E. J., Ryan, J. P., Pedersen, W. C. & Ito, T. A. (2013) Probing prejudice with startle eyeblink modification: A marker of attention, emotion, or both?. International Journal of Psychological Research, 6 Special issue: 30-41.
- Vanman, E. J., Saltz, J. L., Nathan, L. R., & Warren, J. A. (2004). Racial discrimination by low-prejudiced Whites: Facial movements as implicit measures of attitudes related to behavior. Psychological Science, 15, 711-714.
- Vartanian, L. R., Thomas, M. A., & Vanman, E. J. (2013). Disgust, contempt, and anger and the stereotypes of obese people. Eating and Weight Disorders: Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 18 4: 377-382.
- Vlahou, C. H., Vanman, E. J., & Morris, M. M. (2011). Emotional reactions while watching graphic medical procedures: Vocational differences in the explicit regulations of emotions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41(11), 2768-2784.
- Wallis, J., Lipp, O. V., & Vanman, E. J. (2012). Face age and sex modulate the other-race effect in face recognition. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 74(8), 1712-1721.
- Owren, M., Philipp, M., Vanman, E., Trivedi, N., Schulman, A., & Bachorowski, J. (2013). Understanding spontaneous human laughter. In E. Altennmüller, S. Schmidt, & E. Zimmerman (Eds.), Evolution of emotional communication: From sounds in nonhuman mammals to speech and music in man (pp. 175-190). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Putnam, L., & Vanman, E. J. (1999). Long lead interval startle modification. In M. E. Dawson, A. M. Schell, & A. H. Boehmelt (Eds.), Startle modification: Implications for neuroscience, cognitive science, and clinical science (pp. 72-92). New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Vanman, E. J., & Miller, N. (1993). Applications of emotion theory and research to stereotyping and intergroup relations. In D. M. Mackie & D. L. Hamilton (Eds.), Affect, cognition, and stereotyping: Interactive processes in group perception (pp. 213-238). Orlando, FL: Academic Press.
- Advanced Social Psychology
- Applied Research Methods
- Foundations of Research
- History of Psychology
- Psychological Statistics
- Psychology of Prejudice
- Psychophysiology of Emotion
- Social Psychology
- Teaching Practicum
- The Neuroscience of Social Behaviour
School of Psychology
University of Queensland
St. Lucia, QLD 4072
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