Kumar Yogeeswaran staff portrait

Senior LecturerKumar Yogeeswaran

Psychology 210
Internal Phone: 94379


Research Interests

At the broadest level, my primary research lies in the realm of intergroup relations. This interest is fueled by the desire to understand how people’s membership in particular groups (e.g. ethnic, gender, or national groups) shape their attitudes, stereotypes, and behaviours toward others as well as their own self-conceptions. Much of my primary work to date examines the complexities and challenges of achieving national unity in societies comprised of diverse cultural groups, while identifying new strategies that help reduce intergroup conflict in such nations. As a secondary interest, I conduct research that bridges interdisciplinary fields by applying social psychological science to areas such as law, politics, communication, and robotics.

Recent Publications

  • Dorahy MJ., McKendry H., Scott A., Yogeeswaran K., Martens A. and Hanna D. (2017) Reactive dissociative experiences in response to acute increases in shame feelings. Behaviour Research and Therapy 89: 75-85. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2016.11.007.
  • Osborne D., Yogeeswaran K. and Sibley CG. (2017) Culture-specific ideologies undermine collective action support: Examining the legitimizing effects of postcolonial belief systems. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations 20(3): 333-349. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430216682352.
  • Zlotowski J., Yogeeswaran K. and Bartneck C. (2017) Can we control it? Robot autonomy impacts both realistic and identity threat to humans and promotes opposition to robotics. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 100(April 2017): 48-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2016.12.008 or http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1071581916301768.
  • Verkuyten M. and Yogeeswaran K. (2016) The social psychology of intergroup toleration: A roadmap for theory and research. Personality and Social Psychology Review. (Early Access Online) http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1088868316640974.
  • Yogeeswaran K., Davies T. and Sibley C. (2016) The Janus-faced nature of colorblindness: Social dominance orientation moderates the relationship between colorblind beliefs and outgroup attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology (in press)