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Research Spotlight

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Who helps individuals experiencing homelessness and how can we improve the treatment of those who are unhoused? 

Our recent research has identified that seeing individuals experiencing homelessness as animalistic and having weak social justice motivations are two primary predictors of actions to avoid and an unwillingness to help those who are unhoused.


Unlike many DEI efforts which focus on improving attitudes towards marginalized groups, this work suggests that it might actually be more important to help cultivate a broader understanding of social justice issues first.

Academic Publications

Tausen, B. M., *Lee, J. H., *Dischinger, A. S., & *Dennis, I. A. (2023). When dehumanization does (and does not) matter. Exploring the relationship between social justice, avoidant behaviors, and intentions to help individuals experiencing homelessness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.


Tausen, B. M. & *Funabashi, A. (2023). Faith in Action? Exploring the relationship between public and private religiosity, race, and social justice importance among Christian college students. Journal of Psychology and Theology.


Tausen, B. M., *Minesot, M., & *Wilson, B. (2023). Campus racial climate, psychological well-being, and race-based traumatic stress symptoms among monoracial Black and biracial Black college students following heightened exposure to police brutality. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.


Tausen, B. M., Douglass, K. M., *Hodges, R, *Rivera, I., & *Thomas, C. (2022). Dining Against Dehumanization: A mixed-methods and interdisciplinary approach to assessing the humanizing effects of sharing a meal with individuals experiencing homelessness. Journal of Psychology and Theology.


Tausen, B. M. (2022). Thinking About Time: Identifying prospective temporal illusions and their consequences. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.


Kim, P. Y., & Tausen, B. M. (2021). White College Students’ Ethnocultural Empathy Toward Asian Americans During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Asian American Journal of Psychology.


Tausen, B. M., *Charleson, M., & *Fingerhut, L. (2021). Proximity With Limited Humanity: How hosting a tent city can reduce, but not eliminate, dehumanization. Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 2853-2873.


Tausen, B. M., Jin, J., Kim, P. Y., Law, K., & Kendall, D. (2020). Academic community support, campus racial climate, and subjective well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak among Asian American college students, Journal of Asian American Studies, 23, 367-385. 


Tausen, B. M., Csordas, A., & Macrae, C. N. (2020). The mental landscape of imagining life beyond the current lifespan: Implications for construal and self-continuity. Innovation in Aging, 4, 


Tausen, B. M., *Carpenter, S., Macrae, C. N. (2019). Just another variant of psychological distance? The role of visual perspective in mental simulation. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.


Tausen, B. M., Miles, L. K., *Lawrie, L., & Macrae, C. N. (2018). It Wasn’t Me: The role of perspective in self-perceptions of agency and responsibility. Consciousness and Cognition, 63, 89-98.


Steinmetz, J., Tausen, B. M., Risen, J. (2018). Mental Simulation of Visceral States Affects Preferences and Behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 406-417.

Macrae, C. N., Mitchell, J. P., Golubickis, M., *Ho, N. S. P., *Sherlock, R., *Parlongo, R., *Simpson, O. C. M. & Christian, B. M. (2017). 'Saving For Your Future Self: The Role of Imaginary Experiences'. Self and Identity, 16, 384-389.


Macrae, C. N., Mitchell, J. P., McNamara, D. L., Golubickis, M., *Andreou, K., *Moller, S., *Peytcheva, K., *Falben, J. K., Christian, B. M. (2016). Noticing Future Me: Reducing Egocentrism Through Mental Imagery. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 855-863.

Christian, B. M., Miles, L. K., *Kenyeri, S. T., *Mattschey, J., & Macrae, C. N. (2016). Taming temptation: Visual perspective impacts consumption and willingness to pay for unhealthy foods. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 22, 85-94.

Macrae, C.N., Mitchell, J. P., *Tait, K. A., McNamara, D. L., Golubickis, M., Christian, B. M. (in press). Turning I into me: Imagining your future self. Consciousness and Cognition.

Christian, B. M., Parkinson, C., Macrae, C. N., Miles, L. K., Wheatley, T. (2015). When imagining yourself in pain, visual perspective matters: The neural and behavioral correlates of simulated sensory experiences. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27, 866-875.

Marie, D., Christian, B. M., Lumsden, J., & Miles, L. K. (2014). Teaching qualitative methods in the contemporary context: An ecological framework. Psychology Teaching Review, 20, 147-152.

Macrae, C. N., Christian, B. M., *Karanasiou, M., *Troksiarova, L., & Miles, L. K. (2014). When do I wear me out? Mental simulation and the diminution of self-control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 1755-1764.

Miles, L. K., Christian, B. M., *Masilamani, N., *Volpi, L., & Macrae, C. N. (2014). Not so close encounters of the third kind: Visual perspective and imagined social interaction. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 558-565.

Macrae, C. N., Christian, B. M., & Miles, L. K. (2014). Imagination and behavioral control. In J. P. Forgas and E. Harmon-Jones (Eds.), The control within: Motivation and its regulation.

Christian, B. M., Miles, L. K., Parkinson, C., & Macrae, C. N. (2013). Visual perspective and the characteristics of mind wandering. Frontiers in Psychology, DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00699

Christian, B. M., Miles, L. K., *Fung, F. H. K., *Best, S., Macrae, C. N. (2013). The shape of things to come: Exploring goal-directed prospection. Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 471-478.

Macrae, C. N., *Sunder Raj, R., *Best, S., Christian, B. M., & Miles, L. K. (2013). Imaginary  sensory experience can shape person perception: It’s a matter of visual perspective. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 595-598.

Christian, B. M., Miles, L. K., Macrae, C. N. Your Space or Mine? Mapping self in time. (2012). PLoS one, 7 (11), e49228.


*Denotes undergraduate student collaborators

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