Kerry Kawakami

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Kerry Kawakami is the current Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes.[1] She is also a professor of social psychology at York University in Toronto.[2] Her research focuses on developing strategies to reduce intergroup bias.[1]


Kawakami graduated from University of Amsterdam and received her Ph.D. in psychology from University of Toronto.[3] She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).[3] As a professor at York University, she heads the Social Cognition Lab, which investigates social categorization processes.[2] Kawakami’s work on stereotyping and intergroup bias has led to her international recognition.[4]

Aversive Racism[edit]

In 2014, Kawakami conducted a study investigating aversive racism in Canada using eye tracking technology. Over one thousand white participants were shown images of white faces and black faces on a computer screen.[5] Eye tracking data showed that the participants tended to focus more on the eyes of white faces and the lips and noses of black faces.[5] Given the importance of eye contact in social interaction, this result indicates that the black faces shown were being processed as members of a group rather than as individuals.[5]

Kawakami's work has also shown that people are more tolerant of racist actions than they claim. In one study, her team showed that although only 17% of people said they would be willing to partner with someone who made a racial slur, 63% of people who actually heard the slur subsequently partnered with that person.[6][7]

Selected Works[edit]


  • Friesen, J. P. , Kawakami, K., Vingilis-Jaremko, L., Caprara, R., Sidhu, D., Williams, A., Hugenberg, K., Rodriguez-Bailon, R., Canadas, E., & Niedenthal, P. (2019). Perceiving happiness in an intergroup context: The role of race and attention to the eyes in differentiating between true and false smiles. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116, 375-395.
  • Phills, C. E., Kawakami, K., Krusemark, D. R., & Nyguen, J. (2019). Does reducing implicit prejudice increase outgroup identification? The downstream consequences of evaluative training on associations between the self and racial categories. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 26-34.
  • Kawakami, K., Friesen, J., & Vingilis-Jaremko, L. (2018). Visual Attention to Members of Own and Other Groups: Preferences, Determinants, and Consequences. Social Personality Psychology Compass, 12(312480), 1-16.


  • Kawakami, K. (Ed.). (2014). The psychology of prejudice (Four volume set). London: Sage.


  1. ^ a b Miller, A. (October, 2013). A broadening field: The new editor of Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes strives for inclusivity. Monitor on Psychology, 44(9), p. 72.
  2. ^ a b Kerry Kawakami, York University Profile.
  3. ^ a b "I Am Psyched! for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month" Honoree bio. Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association.
  4. ^ SASP2019 Conference Organising Committee. Society of Australasian Social Psychologists.
  5. ^ a b c McCue, D. (November 12, 2014). Racism still an uncomfortable truth in Canada. CBC News.
  6. ^ Risen, J., & Wu, G. (April 12, 2019). How to react to a colleague's microaggression. Chicago Booth Review Retrieved on May 16, 2019 from
  7. ^ Zamzow, J. (December 1, 2017). How would you respond to sexual harassment training? Probably not how you think. Washington Post Retrieved May 16, 2019 from

External Links[edit]

Kawakami Social Cognition Lab