Dr. Bartholow received his B.S. in Psychology from Minnesota State University at Mankato in 1992, received his master's degree in Experimental Psychology from Drake University in 1995, and received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2000. Dr. Bartholow also completed a brief period of NIH-supported post-doctoral training in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Missouri. From January 2001 to June 2004 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Dr. Bartholow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Bartholow's research focuses primarily on three areas: (1) person perception and interpersonal expectancy effects (e.g., stereotyping, impression formation); (2) environmental factors that predictor aggression (e.g., presence of aggressive cues; media violence) and (3) correlates and consequences of alcohol use and abuse. All of these areas are studied from a social-cognitive perspective, generally involving measurement of event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to augment traditional behavioral measures. These tools are very useful for examining questions related to, for example, the effects of stereotypes on the interpretation of behavior, the influence of media violence on desensitization to aggression and violence, and the influence of alcohol intoxication on cognitive and affective processes and social behavior.
Dr. Bartholow's research has been funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and by several institutional awards. Bartholow received the 2007 award for a Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology, and was elected to the Society of Experimental Social Psychology in 2007.
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- Amodio, D. A., Bartholow, B. D., & Ito, T. A. (in press). Tracking the dynamics of the social brain: ERP approaches for Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
- Bailey, K., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., & Lust, S. A. (in press). Give me just a little more time: Effects of alcohol on the failure and recovery of cognitive control. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
- Bartholow, B. D. (2010). On the role of conflict and control in social cognition: Event-related brain potential investigations. Psychophysiology, 47, 201-212.
- Bartholow, B. D., Anderson, C. A., Carnagey, N. L., & Benjamin, A. J. Jr. (2005). Interactive effects of life experience and situational cues on aggression: The weapons priming effect in hunters and nonhunters. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 48-60.
- Bartholow, B. D., Bushman, B. J., & Sestir, M. A. (2006). Chronic violent video game exposure and desensitization: Behavioral and event-related brain potential data. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 532-539.
- Bartholow, B. D., & Dickter, C. L. (2008). A response conflict account of the effects of stereotypes on racial categorization. Social Cognition, 26, 273-291.
- Bartholow, B. D., Dickter, C. L., & Sestir, M. A. (2006). Stereotype activation and control of race bias: Cognitive control of inhibition and its impairment by alcohol. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 272-287.
- Bartholow, B. D., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., & Bettencourt, B. A. (2001). A psychophysiological examination of cognitive processing of and affective responses to social expectancy violations. Psychological Science, 12, 197-204.
- Bartholow, B. D., & Heinz, A. (2006). Alcohol and aggression without consumption: Alcohol cues, aggressive thoughts, and hostile perception bias. Psychological Science, 17, 30-37.
- Bartholow, B. D., & Henry, E. A. (2010). Response conflict and affective responses in the control and expression of race bias. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 871-888.
- Bartholow, B. D., Henry, E. A., Lust, S. A., Saults, J. S., & Wood, P. K. (2012). Alcohol effects on performance monitoring and adjustment: Affect modulation and impairment of evaluative cognitive control. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 173–186.
- Bartholow, B. D., Pearson, M. A., Gratton, G., & Fabiani, M. (2003). Effects of alcohol on person perception: A social cognitive neuroscience approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 627-638.
- Bartholow, B. D., Riordan, M. A., Saults, J. S., & Lust, S. A. (2009). Psychophysiological evidence of response conflict and strategic control of responses in affective priming. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 655-666.
- Bartholow, B. D., Sestir, M. A., & Davis, E. B. (2005). Correlates and consequences of exposure to video game violence: Hostile personality, empathy, and aggressive behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1573-1586.
- Dickter, C. L., & Bartholow, B. D. (2007). Event-related brain potential evidence of ingroup and outgroup attention biases. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2, 189-198.
- Engelhardt, C. R., Bartholow, B. D., Kerr, G. T. & Bushman, B. J. (2011). This is your brain on violent video games: Neural desensitization to violence predicts increased aggression following violent video game exposure. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1033-1036.
- Fleming, K. A., & Bartholow, B. D. (in press). Alcohol cues, approach bias, and inhibitory control: Applying a dual process model of addiction to alcohol sensitivity. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
- Ito, T. A., & Bartholow, B. D. (2009). The neural correlates of race. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 524-531.
- Loersch, C., & Bartholow, B. D. (2011). The color of safety: Ingroup-associated colors make beer safer. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 190-194.
- Bartholow, B. D., & Amodio, D. M. (2009). Using event-related brain potentials in social psychological research: A brief review and tutorial. In E. Harmon-Jones & J. S. Beer (Eds.), Methods in social neuroscience (pp. 198-232). New York: Guilford Press.
- Experimental Social Psychology
- Social Cognitive Neuroscience
- Stereotypes and Prejudice
- Theories of Social Psychology
Bruce D. Bartholow
Department of Psychological Sciences
210 McAlester Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri 65211
- Phone: (573) 882-1805
- Fax: (573) 882-7710