Ashby Plant


Recruiting a graduate student for Fall of 2024

Ashby Plant

Contact Information



University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

Research Interests

Prejudice and stereotyping; intergroup interactions; the role of motivation in the regulation of prejudice; prejudice reduction process.

Current Research

Current research focuses on the impact of the source of people's motivation to respond without prejudice on their attitudes, affect, and behavior in prejudice-relevant situations. Other related work examines the factors that influence the quality of interracial interactions and the regulation and reduction of prejudice.

Lab Description

Social Psychology with a focus on prejudice and stereotyping; specific interests include individual differences in the activation and control of prejudice, intergroup interactions, motivation and self-regulation, and the prejudice reduction process.

LaCosse, J., & Plant, E. A., (in press). Internal Motivation to Respond without Prejudice Fosters Respectful Responses in Interracial Interactions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 

Monroe, A.E., & Plant, E.A. (2019). The dark side of morality: Prioritizing sanctity over care motivates denial of mind and prejudice toward sexual outgroups.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148, 342 – 360.

LaCosse, J., & Plant, E. A. (2019). Imagined Contact with Famous Gay Men and Lesbians Reduces Heterosexuals’ Misidentification Concerns and Sexual Prejudice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 141 – 156.

Beck, C. L., & Plant, E. A. (2018). The Implications of Right-Wing Authoritarianism for non-Muslims’ Aggression toward Muslims in the United States. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 18, 353 – 377. DOI: 10.1111/asap.12163

Cascio, J., & Plant, E. A., (2016). Judged by the company you keep? Exposure to nonprejudiced norms reduces concerns about being misidentified as gay/lesbian. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 1164-1176.

Kunstman, J. W., Plant, E.A., & Deska, J. C., (2016). White ≠ Poor: Whites Distance, Derogate, and Deny Low Status Ingroup Members.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 230-243.

Goplen, J., & Plant, E.A., (2015). A Religious Worldview: Protecting One’s Meaning System through Religious Prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1474-1487.

Undergraduate Research

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