• Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Gilmer Hall, 012
    (434) 223-6429



Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2017
M.A., College of William and Mary, 2011
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 2009

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Psychology
Social Psychology
Social and Affective Neuroscience
Psychology of Class and Status
Strategies and Processes of Negotiation

Research Interests

My research centers on understanding how social status affects humans, and it is structured along two lines of inquiry. The first is focused on person perception where I examine how one's social group of belonging (e.g. race, financial status, etc.) affects processes of attention and judgment as well as their neural correlates. My second line of research investigates the psychological predictors of personal finance management as a possible mechanism for improving socio-economic status, physical health, and psychological functioning.


Gyurovski, I. I., Kubota, J., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., & Cloutier, J., (2017). Social status level and dimension interactively influence person evaluations indexed by P300s. Social Neuroscience, 1-13.

Cloutier, J., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Gyurovski, I. I., Barakzai, A., & Li, T., (2016). Neuroimaging Investigations of Social Status and Social Hierarchies. In J. Absher & J. Cloutier (Eds.), Neuroimaging Personality, Social Cognition, and Character (pp. 187-205). Cambridge, MA: Elsevier.  

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.  

Dickter, C. L., Gagnon, K. T., Gyurovski, I. I., & Brewington, B. S. (2014). Close contact with racial outgroup members moderates attentional allocation towards outgroup versus ingroup faces. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 18(1), 76-88.  

Cloutier, J., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2013). Intraparietal Sulcus Activity During Explicit Self-Referential Social Status Judgments about Others. International Journal of Psychological Research, 6, 68-79.  

Forestell, C. A., Lau, P., Gyurovski, I. I., Dickter, C. L., & Haque, S. (2012). Overcoming response conflict to foods in the presence of distractors: The effects of caloric content, cognitive restraint, and hunger. Appetite, 59(3), 748 - 754.  

Dickter, C. L., Kittel, J. A., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2012). Perceptions of nonā€target confronters in response to racist and heterosexist remarks. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(1), 112-119.  

Dickter, C. L. & Gyurovski, I. I. (2012). The effects of expectancy violations on early attention to race in an impression formation paradigm. Social Neuroscience, 7(3), 240-251.          

Newton, V. A., Dickter, C. L., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2011). The effects of stereotypical cues on the social categorization and judgment of ambiguous-race targets. Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity, 4, 31-45.

Research Interests and potential topics for students

Attention Restoration and Racial Bias – Attention Restoration (AR) theory posits that spending time in nature, abundant with intriguing stimuli, attracts bottom-up attention, but importantly does so modestly, and in doing so it provides an opportunity for top-down directed attention to restore. In contrast, urban environments are less restorative as they capture attention more dramatically, where the stimuli one typically encounters in these environments require directed attention, and are not merely intriguing. Research on AR has documented improvements in working memory and other cognitive processes, pertaining to information processing, as a result of exposure to nature. Building up on this, my collaborator (Prof. Cheryl Dickter at William &Mary) and I are interested in the effects of attention restoration on social cognition, specifically racial bias and inter-group relations. The project will likely involve typical social cognition tasks, such as flanker, dot probe, and priming. The students involved in this project will gain experience with electroencephalography (EEG), event-related brain potentials (ERPs), and eye-tracking, as research methods. 

Fake News and Disinformation  –  Dr. Dan Mossler and I began a collaboration last summer investigating factors associated with susceptibility to disinformation or Fake News content. We have found interesting effects of critical thinking and cognitive reflection. We have also some evidence for social influences on vulnerability to Fake News. We intend to extend that line of research this coming summer. Some of the directions we plan to take the research focus on the effect of news source, including credibility, and whether exposure to disinformation may diminish trust in institutions.