Social Psychology Network

Maintained by Scott Plous, Wesleyan University

David Schneider

David Schneider

  • SPN Mentor

My main research focus at present deals with categorization of people. We know a great deal from cognitive psychology about how people form and use categories in general, but we know relatively little about whether social categories are treated the same ways cognitively as the categories studied by cognitive psychologists. One line of research concerns the ways social categories are alike and different from natural kind, artifactual, and nominal categories. We are also investigating the major dimensions along which social categories are perceived to differ. For example, some social groups are seen to be more homogenous than others, and people join some groups more or less voluntarily while other group memberships are assigned at birth.
A second line of research deals with perceptions of bias and discrimination. Why do victims of discrimination sometimes not perceive this, and why do others think that decisions about them are fueled by prejudice?

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Schneider, D. J. (1992). Publication games. Reflections on Reis and Stiller. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18, 498-503.
  • Schneider, D. J. (1992). Red apples, liberal college professors, and farmers who love Bach. Psychological Inquiry, 2, 190-193.
  • Schneider, D. J. (1991). Social cognition. Annual Review of Psychology, 42, 527-561.
  • Trafimow, D., & Schneider, D. J. (1994). The effects of behavioral, situational, and person information on different attribution judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 30, 351-369.
  • Wegner, D. M., Schneider, D. J., Knutson, B., & McMahon, S. R. (1991). Polluting the stream of consciousness: The effect of thought suppression on the mind's environment. Behavior Therapy and Research, 15, 141-152.

Other Publications:

  • Schneider, D. J. (1996). Modern stereotype research: Unfinished business. In N. Macrae, C. Stangor, & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Stereotypes and stereotyping. NY: Guilford Press.
  • Schneider, D. J. (1993). Attribution and social cognition. In A.M. Coleman (Ed.), Companion encyclopedia of psychology (Vol. 2). London: Routledge.
  • Schneider, D. J. (1993). Mental control: Lessons from our past. In D.M. Wegner & J. Pennebaker (Eds.), Handbook of mental control. Englewood Clifts, NJ: Prentice-Hall Century Series.
  • Schneider, D. J., Roediger, H., & Kahn, M. (1993). Diverse ways of accessing self-knowledge. In T.K. Srull & R.S. Wyer (Eds.), Advances in social cognition (Vol. 6). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Schneider, D. J. (1989). Mental control: The war of the ghosts in the machine. In J.S. Uleman & J.A. Bargh (Eds.), Unintended thoughts: The limits of awareness, intention, and control. New York: Guilford Press.

Courses Taught:

David Schneider
Department of Psychology, MS-25
Sewall Hall
Rice University
Houston, Texas 77251
United States

  • Phone: (713) 384-5144
  • Fax: (713) 384-5221

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