Dr. Steffens' research interests include implicit social cognition and social inequality, in particular regarding gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. One focus of her work is implicit social cognition, including both the involved processes and a critical look at the respective measurement instruments. A second focus is on gender-related minorities, specifically the mechanisms underlying negative attitudes and discrimination.
She was an editor of the journal Experimental Psychology until 2014 and the speaker of the German social psychology interest group (2011-2013).
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Gender Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
- Social Cognition
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- Steffens, M. C., & Viladot, M. A. (2015). Gender at work: A social psychological perspective. New York: Peter Lang.
- Bianchi, M., Mummendey, A., Steffens, M. C., & Yzerbyt, V. (2010). What do you mean by European? Evidence of spontaneous ingroup projection. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 960-974.
- Ebert, I. D., Steffens, M. C., & Kroth, A. (2014). Warm, but maybe not so competent? – Contemporary implicit stereotypes of women and men in Germany. Sex Roles, 70, 359-375.
- Ebert, I. D., Steffens, M. C., von Stülpnagel, R., & Jelenec, P. (2009). How to like yourself better, or chocolate, less: Changing implicit attitudes with one IAT task. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1098-1104.
- Ehrke, F., Berthold, A., & Steffens, M. C. (2014). How diversity training can change attitudes: Increasing perceived complexity of superordinate groups to improve intergroup relations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 193-206.
- Hansen, K., Rakić, T., & Steffens, M. C. (2014). When actions speak louder than words: Preventing discrimination of nonstandard speakers. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 33, 66-75.
- Martiny, S. E., Roth, J., Jelenec, P., Steffens, M. C., & Croizet, J.-C. (2012). When a new group identity does harm on the spot: Stereotype threat in newly created groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 65-71.
- Niedlich, C., Steffens, M. C., Krause, J., Settke, E., & Ebert, I. D. (2015). Ironic effects of sexual minority group membership: Are lesbians less susceptible to invoking negative female stereotypes than heterosexual women? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1439-1447.
- Rakić, T., Steffens, M. C., & Mummendey, A. (2011). Blinded by the accent! The minor role of looks in ethnic categorization. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 16-29.
- Reese, G., Berthold, A., & Steffens, M. C. (2012). We are the world – and they are not: Prototypicality for the world community, legitimacy, and responses to global inequality. Political Psychology, 33, 683-700.
- Reese, G., Steffens, M. C., & Jonas, K. J. (2013). When black sheep make us think: Information processing and devaluation of in- and out-group norm deviants. Social Cognition, 31, 382-503.
- Roth, J., & Steffens, M. C. (2014). When I becomes we: associative self-anchoring drives implicit intergroup bias in minimal groups. Social Psychology, 45, 253–264.
- Steffens, M. C. (2005). Implicit and explicit attitudes towards lesbians and gay men. Journal of Homosexuality, 49, 39-66.
- Steffens, M. C. (2004). Is the Implicit Association Test immune to faking? Experimental Psychology, 51, 165-179.
- Steffens, M. C., & Jelenec, P. (2011). Separating implicit gender stereotypes regarding math and language: Implicit stereotypes are self-serving for boys and men, but not for girls and women. Sex Roles, 64, 324-335.
- Steffens, M. C., Jelenec, P., & Noack, P. (2010). On the leaky math pipeline: Comparing implicit math-gender stereotypes and math withdrawal in female and male children and adolescents. Journal of Educational Psychology, 102, 947-963.
- Steffens, M. C., Jonas, K. J., & Denger, L. (2015). Male role endorsement explains negative attitudes towards lesbians and gay men among students in Mexico more than in Germany. Journal of Sex Research, 52, 898-911.
- Steffens, M. C., Kirschbaum, M., & Glados, P. (2008). Avoiding stimulus confounds in Implicit Association Tests by using the concepts as stimuli. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 217-243.
- Steffens, M. C., & Schulze-König, S. (2006). Predicting spontaneous Big Five behavior with Implicit Association Tests. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 22, 13-20.
- Steffens, M. C., & Wagner, C. (2004). Attitudes towards lesbians, gay men, bisexual women, and bisexual men in Germany. Journal of Sex Research, 41, 137-149.
Melanie Caroline Steffens
FB 8 – Psychology
University of Koblenz-Landau
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