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.
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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