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My research uncovers the social, cognitive, and neural processes underlying various facets of impression formation. More specifically, my work focuses on how perceptual cues and person-knowledge are used to form impressions of others based on ubiquitous social dimensions, such as race and social status, guiding and often biasing how we navigate our social world. To address these questions, I study how fundamental characteristics of perceivers (e.g. their experiences and motivation) and the perceived (e.g. their familiarity, age, gender, race, status) shape perception and evaluation. My laboratory utilizes wide-ranging methods with an emphasis on social cognitive behavioral tasks and functional neuroimaging (fMRI), but also event-related potentials (ERP) and psychophysiological measurements. Because of the centrality of impression formation processes to our everyday social interactions, the insights into the functioning of our social mind gained from my research also provide avenues to address social biases that can often lead to prejudice.
Ph.D., Dartmouth College
Social Neuroscience NSC1442
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Handley, G., Kubota, J. T., & Cloutier, J. (in press). Interracial contact differentially shapes brain networks involved in social and non-social judgments from faces: A combination of univariate and multivariate approaches. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience.
Barth, D. M., Mattan, B. D., Dang, T. P., & Cloutier, J. (2020). Regional and network neural activity reflect men's preference for greater socioeconomic status during impression formation. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-17.
Mattan, B. D., & Cloutier, J. (2020). A registered report on how implicit pro-rich bias is shaped by the perceiver's gender and socioeconomic status. Royal Society Open Science, 7(8), 191232.
Dang, T., Cloutier, J., & Kubota, J. T. (2020). IPOC Database: A free database of interracial police officer-civilian interaction videos. Social Cognition, 38(3), 179-196.
Mattan, B. D., Barth, D. M., Thompson, A., FeldmanHall, O., Cloutier, J., & Kubota, J. T. (2020). Punishing the privileged: Selfish offers from high-status allocators elicit greater punishment from third-party arbitrators. PLOS One, 15(5), e0232369.
Handley, G., Kubota, J. T., Li, T., & Cloutier, J. (2019). Black "Reading the Mind in the Eyes" task: The development of a task assessing mentalizing from Black faces. PLOS One, 14(9), e0221867.
Dang., T., Mattan, B. D., Kubota, J. T., & Cloutier, J. (2019). The ventromedial prefrontal cortex is particularly responsive to social evaluations requiring the use of person-knowledge. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 5054.
Mattan, B. D., Kubota, J. T., Li, T., & Cloutier, J. (2019). Implicit evaluative biases at the intersection of race and socioeconomic status. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45, 1512-1527.
Mattan, B. D., Kubota, J. T., Li, T., Dang., T., & Cloutier, J. (2018). Motivation modulates brain networks in response to faces varying in race and status: A multivariate approach. eNeuro, 5(4).
Mattan, B. D., Wei, K., Cloutier, J., & Kubota, J. T. (2018). The social neuroscience of race- and status-based prejudice. Current Opinion in Psychology, 24, 27-34.
Mattan, B. D., Kubota, J. T., Dang. T., & Cloutier, J. (2018). External motivation to avoid prejudice alters neural responses to targets varying in race and status. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 13(1), 22–31.
Gyurovski, I. I., Kubota, J. T., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., & Cloutier, J. (2017). Social status level and dimension interactively influence person evaluations indexed by P300s. Social Neuroscience, 1-13.
Kubota, J. T., Peiso, J., Marcum, K., & Cloutier, J. (2017). Intergroup contact throughout the lifespan modulates implicit racial biases across perceivers' racial group. PLOS One, 12(7), e0180440.
Mattan, B. D., Kubota, J. T., & Cloutier, J. (2017). How social status shapes person perception and evaluation: A social neuroscience perspective. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 12(3), 468-507.
Cloutier, J., Li, T., Mišic, B., Correll J., & Berman, M. (2017). Brain network activity during face perception: The impact of perceptual familiarity and individual differences in childhood experience. Cerebral Cortex, 27, 4326-4338.
Li T., Correll, J., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., & Cloutier, J. (2016). The impact of motivation on race-based impression formation. NeuroImage, 124, 1-7.
Cloutier, J., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2014). Ventral medial prefrontal cortex and person evaluation: Forming impressions of others varying in financial and moral status. NeuroImage, 100, 535-543.
Cloutier, J., Li, T. , & Correll, J. (2014). The impact of childhood experience on amygdala response to perceptually familiar Black and White faces. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1992-2004.
Cloutier, J., Freeman, J. B., & Ambady, N. (2014). Investigating the early stages of person perception: The asymmetry of social categorization by sex vs. age. PLOS One, 9(1), e84677.
Cloutier, J., Ambady, N., Meagher, T., & Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2012). The neural substrates of person perception: Spontaneous use of financial and moral status knowledge. Neuropsychologia, 50, 2371-2376.
Cloutier, J., Gabrieli, J. D. E., O'Young, D., & Ambady, N. (2011). An fMRI study of violations of social expectations: When people are not who we expect them to be. NeuroImage, 57(2), 583-588.
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