James Wages, Ph.D.

Social Psychologist



James studies social cognition, stereotyping, and decision-making as well as the intersections of these areas. His primary work investigates how people make meaning of risk-taking and whether such meanings are imbued with social connotations. His work in this area was recently accepted for publication in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, finding that people's conceptions of risk-taking are imbedded with racial stereotype content. James also studies the nature of prejudice, including motivational strategies to reduce prejudice and repair injustice. James is eager to continue these lines of research (and beyond) with students interested in gaining research experience in social psychology. Interested students are encouraged to reach out to James directly to inquire for opportunities.

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Systemic considerations in child development and the pursuit of racial equality in the United States

S. P. Perry, Skinner-Dorkenoo A. L., J. E. Wages III, J. L. Abaied

Psychological Inquiry, (In Press)

Reckless gambles and responsible ventures: Racialized prototypes of risk-taking

J. E. Wages III, S. P. Perry, A. L. Skinner-Dorkenoo, G. V. Bodenhausen

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, (In Press)

Testing a self‐affirmation intervention for improving the psychosocial health of Black and White medical students in the United States

S. P. Perry, J. E. Wages III, A. L. Skinner‐Dorkenoo, S. E. Burke, R. R. Hardeman, S. M. Phelan

Journal of Social Issues: Special Issue on Self-Affirmation Theory in Educational Contexts, 2021, pp. 1-32

Affective disgust predicts blame for gay male homicide victims

E. A. Quinn, A. L. Skinner-Dorkenoo, J. E. Wages III

Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2021

Zero-sum beliefs of racial progress

S. P. Perry, J. E. Wages III

Nature Human Behaviour: News & Views, 2020, pp. 130-131