Dr. Steffens' research interests include implicit social cognition, attitudes towards lesbians and gay men, gender stereotyping, and memory phenomena. 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 is an editor of the journal Experimental Psychology.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Gender Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
- Social Cognition
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- Bianchi, M., Machunsky, M., Steffens, M. C., & Mummendey, A. (2009). Like me or like us: Is ingroup projection just social projection? Experimental Psychology, 56, 198-205.
- 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., 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.
- 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.
- 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., & Buchner, A. (2003). Implicit Association Test: Separating transsituationally stable and variable components of attitudes toward gay men. Experimental Psychology, 50, 33-48.
- Steffens, M. C., & Jelenec, P. (in press). 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.
- 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. (2010). Editorial: Implicit attitude measures. Zeitschrift für Psychologie/Journal of Psychology (Special Issue: Implicit attitude measures), 218, 1-3.
- 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., Mecklenbräuker, S., Buchner, A., & Mehl, B. (2004). On the bounded rationality of gender stereotyping in fame judgments. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 397-406.
- Steffens, M. C., & Plewe, I. (2001). Items’ cross-category associations as a confounding factor in the Implicit Association Test. Zeitschrift für experimentelle Psychologie, 48, 123-134.
- 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.
- von Stülpnagel, R., & Steffens, M. C. (2010). Prejudiced or just smart? Intelligence as a confounding factor in the IAT effect. Zeitschrift für Psychologie/Journal of Psychology, 218, 51-53.
Melanie Caroline Steffens
Institute of Psychology
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