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Bruce D. Bartholow

Bruce D. Bartholow

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.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • 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.

Courses Taught:

Bruce D. Bartholow
Department of Psychological Sciences
210 McAlester Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri 65211
United States

  • Phone: (573) 882-1805
  • Fax: (573) 882-7710

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