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Bruce D. Bartholow

Bruce D. Bartholow

I received a B.S. in Psychology from Minnesota State University at Mankato in 1992, a master's degree in Experimental Psychology from Drake University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2000. I 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 I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, I hold the title of Frederick A. Middlebush Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri.

I am a social psychologist with postdoctoral training and expertise in cognitive neuroscience and addiction science. My research interests reflect the broad scope of my training and experience, and fall generally within four distinct yet overlapping areas: (1) the role of cognitive control in social behavior; (2) effects of alcohol on cognitive control; (3) individual differences in neurobiologically based risks for addiction, primarily alcohol use disorder; and (4) effects of incidental stimulus exposure on cognition and behavior (i.e., priming effects). The common theme around which these lines of work are integrated is the interplay between salience (i.e., motivational significance) and cognitive control (see Inzlicht, Bartholow, & Hirsch, 2015 [TiCS]).

My 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. I am a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. I have received several awards, including the Award for a Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology (2007), the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award (2013), and the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity Activity in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2016). Currently, I am President-Elect of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

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

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