My research focuses on embodiment -- how the mind influences the body, and the reciprocal, how bodily changes influence thoughts, emotions, and intentions. Some of the current reseach examines how emotions are experienced differently along the developmental trajectory, how aging influences risk perceptions and risk taking, how decisions are influenced by acute and chronic stress, and how people manage and attempt to control their racial biases and how those regulatory attempts often fail revealing greater racial bias.
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- Blascovich, J., Mendes, W. B., Vanman, E., & Dickerson, S. (2011). Social psychophysiology for social and personality psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Akinola, M., & Mendes, W. B. (2008). The dark side of creativity: Biological vulnerability and negative emotions lead to greater artistic creativity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1677-1686. (Winner of the SPSP best graduate student paper, 2008)
- Waters, S. F., West, T., & Mendes, W. B. (in press). Stress contagion: Physiological covariation between mothers and babies. Psychological Science.
- Mendes, W. B., & Koslov, K. (2013). Brittle smiles: Positive biases toward stigmatized and outgroup targets. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(3), 923-933.
- Koslov, K., Mendes, W. B., Patjas, P., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2011). Asymmetry in resting intracortical activity as a buffer to social threat. Psychological Science, 22, 641-649.
- Mendes, W. B. (2010). Weakened links between mind and body in older age: The case for maturational dualism in the experience of emotion. Emotion Review, 2, 240-244.
- Jamieson, J., Mendes, W. B., Blackstock, E., & Schmader, T. (2010). Turning the knots in your stomach into bows: Reappraising arousal improves performance on the GRE. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
- Townsend, S., Major, B., Sawyer, P., & Mendes, W. B. (2010). Can the absence of prejudice be more threatening than its presence? It depends on one’s worldview. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 933-947
- Kassam, K., Koslov, K., & Mendes, W. B. (2009). Decisions under distress: Stress profiles influence anchoring and adjustment. Psychological Science, 20, 1394-1399.
- Mendes, W. B., Major, B., McCoy, S., & Blascovich, J. (2008). How attributional ambiguity shapes physiological and emotional responses to social rejection and acceptance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 278-291.
- Gramzow, R., Willard, G., & Mendes, W. B. (2008). Big tales and cool heads: Academic exaggeration is related to cardiac vagal reactivity. Emotion, 8, 138-144.
- Gray, H., Mendes, W. B., & Denny-Brown, C. (2008). An in-group advantage in detecting intergroup anxiety. Psychological Science, 19, 1233-1237.
- Mendes, W. B., Gray, H., Mendoza-Denton, Major, B., & Epel, E. (2007). Why egalitarianism might be good for your health: Physiological thriving during stressful intergroup encounters. Psychological Science, 18, 991-998.
- Mendes, W. B., Blascovich, J., Hunter, S., Lickel, B., & Jost, J. (2007). Threatened by the unexpected: Physiological responses during social interactions with expectancy-violating partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 698-716. *Winner of the Gordon Allport Award, 2007.
- Mendes, W. B., Reis, H., Seery, M. D., & Blascovich, J. (2003). Cardiovascular correlates of emotional expression and suppression: Do content and gender context matter? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 771-792.
- Mendes, W. B., Blascovich, J., Lickel, B., & Hunter, S. (2002). Challenge and threat during social interactions with White and Black men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 939-952.
- Jamieson, J. P., Koslov, K., Nock, M. K., & Mendes, W. B. (2013). Experiencing discrimination increases risk-taking. Psychological Science, 24(2), 131-139.
- Mendes, W. B. (2009). Autonomic nervous system. In E. Harmon-Jones and J. Beer (Eds.), Methods in Social Neuroscience (pp. 118-147). New York: Guilford Press.
- Mendes, W. B., & Jamieson, J. (2012). Embodied stereotype threat: Exploring brain and body mechanisms underlying performance impairments. In M. Inzlicht and T. Schmader (Eds.), Stereotype threat: Theory, process, and application. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Blascovich, J., & Mendes, W. B. (2010). Social psychophysiology and embodiment. In S. T. Fiske, D. T. Gilbert, and G. Lindzey (Eds.), The Handbook of Social Psychology (5th ed.). New York: Wiley.
- Psychophysiology Laboratory
- Research Methods
- Social Psychophysiology
- Stress & Health
Wendy Berry Mendes
Department of Psychiatry/LPPI
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143
- Phone: (415) 476-7409