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Devin G. Ray

Devin G. Ray

My core research interests are rooted in social categorization, that is, the process and consequences of applying categories to people. My resulting work spans categorization processes in intergroup relations and comparison processes in cooperative interaction. This includes the flexible use of categories in self-definition (self-categorization), the impact of categorization on face and identity recognition (own group recognition bias), and the processing of multiple simultaneously influential category divisions (crossed-categorization). In interdisciplinary work, I apply the core processes involved in social categorization, for example comparative self-evaluation, to better understand knowledge sharing and learning in cooperative interaction.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Mackie, D. M, Smith, E. R, & Ray, D. G. (2008). Intergroup emotions and intergroup relations. Social and Personality Psychology Compass 2, 1866-1880.
  • Ray, D. G., & Mackie, D. M. (2009). A commitment approach to understanding group exit: When will an ex-member want to rejoin a former group? Group Processes and Intergroup Relations,12, 479-494.
  • Ray, D. G., Mackie, D. M., Rydell, R. J., & Smith, E. R. (2008). Changing categorization of self can change emotions about outgroups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1210-1213.
  • Ray, D. G., Mackie, D. M., Smith, E. R., & Terman, W. (2012). Discrete emotions elucidate the effects of crossed-categorization on prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(1), 55-69.
  • Ray, D. G., & Matschke, T. (2012). Cross-group recognition bias generalizes to diverse non-face representations of digital identity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(1), 387-390.
  • Ray, D. G., Neugebauer, J., Sassenberg, K., Buder, J., & Hesse, F. W. (in press). Motivated Shortcomings in Explanation: The Role of Comparative Self-Evaluation and Awareness of Explanation Recipient's Knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. doi: 10.1037/a0029339
  • Ray, D. G., Way, N., & Hamilton, D. L. (2010). Crossed-categorization, evaluation, and face recognition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Rydell, R. J., Hugenberg, K., Ray, D. G., & Mackie, D. M. (2007). Implicit theories about groups and stereotyping: The role of group entitativity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 549-558.

Devin G. Ray
School of Psychology
William Guild building
Kings College in Old Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3FX
United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 (0)1224 273933

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