Prof. Steven G. Young

Steven G. Young


Phone: (646) 312-3835

Location: VC 4-292

Website: Social Perception Lab


My research focuses on how face memory and the decoding of emotional expressions are shaped by contextual and situational factors. For example, my research on face recognition investigates how intergroup distinctions, perceiver motives, and the social context in which a face is encountered compel perceivers to carefully attend to and remember certain individuals (e.g., ingroup members) or disregard and poorly encode others (e.g., outgroup members). In a related line of research, I study how social contexts and motives influence how accurately perceivers’ decode emotional expressions. Finally, in a separate program, my research explores how we perceive the important people in our lives and how losing social connections tunes our attention to social information that may facilitate forging new relationships. Collectively, these research lines all reflect my overarching interest in the dynamic and reciprocal interactions between cognition, motivation, and emotion.

In addition to my appoitment at Baruch College, I am also a member of the CUNY Graduate Center's Basic and Applied Social Psychology Ph.D. program. See here for more information.

Representative Publications:

Hugenberg, K., Young, S.G., Rydell, B.J., Almaraz, S.M., Stanko, K.A., See, P.E., & Wilson, J.P. (2016). The face of humanity: Configural face processing influences ascriptions of humanness. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 167-175.

Young, S.G., Slepian, M.L., & Sacco, D.F. (2015). Sensitivity to perceived facial trustworthiness is increased by activating self-protection motives. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 707-713.

Sacco, D.F., Young, S.G., & Hugenberg, K. (2014). Balancing competing motives: adaptive trade-offs are necessary to satisfy disease avoidance and interpersonal affiliation goals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 40, 1611-1623.

Young, S.G., Slepian, M.L., Wilson, J.P., & Hugenberg, K. (2014). Averted eye-gaze disrupts holistic face encoding. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 94-99.

Young, S.G., & Hugenberg, K. (2012). Individuation motivation and face expertise operate jointly to produce the Own Race Bias. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 80-87.

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