APS Fellow Jeffrey Sherman, who studies stereotyping and prejudice at the University of California, Davis, has been awarded the Anneliese Maier Research Award. Presented by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and valued at €250,000, the award is given annually to outstanding researchers from other countries with the aim of advancing the internationalization of academic research in Germany.
Sherman is a leading social psychologist who uses innovative methods to develop mathematical models to measure and analyze prejudice and stereotyping that people are unwilling or unable to reveal. This award will support his research with APS Fellow Christoph Klauer at the University of Freiburg to develop and refine models of implicit attitude formation and change.
“We are trying to understand how evaluative associations are formed, the processes that influence their expression in behavior, and the means by which they may be altered or inhibited,” Sherman notes. He also plans to spend time visiting and developing collaborations with scholars at other universities in Germany.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Humboldt Foundation, which does so much to champion international collaborative scholarship,” Sherman said. “It is a marvelous opportunity to work closely with a number of very exciting scientists.”
Some of the money from the award will also fund post-doctoral positions in both Germany and the US that will further enhance international collaborative efforts. Sherman added, “I am excited about the research this award will instigate and sustain.”
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