Dr Lukas Wolf

Research group:
Social & Environmental Psychology
Email:
WolfLJ@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70483
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

My research focuses on stereotypes and prejudice, mechanisms to reduce prejudice, human values, and embodiment effects.

During my PhD I examined the question: do we treat out-group children with a similar racial bias as out-group adults or are children better protected from harsh judgments? I also investigated how individual differences in affective and cognitive orientations are related to people’s stereotypes and prejudice towards various groups. This project showed that people with stronger affective orientations prefer stereotypically warm groups (e.g., the elderly) whereas people with stronger cognitive orientations prefer stereotypically competent groups (e.g., Asian people).

Currently, I am investigating the mechanisms underlying the relationship between abstract values and more specific attitudes towards economic migrants and refugees. Moreover, another project considers whether perceiving one’s own culture as valuing benevolence rather than achievement improves people’s engagement in society.

Teaching summary

Attitudes guest seminars at Cardiff University, UK
March 2016
March 2015

Software Teaching Assistant for DirectRT and MediaLab at Cardiff University, UK
October 2014 – March 2015
October 2013 – March 2014

Coordinator of Social Psychology Club at Cardiff University, UK
January 2014 – January 2015

Teaching Assistant in Social Psychology practicals, Cardiff University, UK
November 2014 – December 2014
November 2013 – December 2013
November 2012 – December 2012

Postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University, UK
October 2013 – April 2014
October 2012 – April 2013

Selected publications (2014 onwards)

 

Full list of publications

 

Research topics and related papers

My research focuses on stereotypes and prejudice, mechanisms to reduce prejudice, human values, and embodiment effects.

During my PhD I examined the question: do we treat out-group children with a similar racial bias as out-group adults or are children better protected from harsh judgments? I also investigated how individual differences in affective and cognitive orientations are related to people’s stereotypes and prejudice towards various groups. This project showed that people with stronger affective orientations prefer stereotypically warm groups (e.g., the elderly) whereas people with stronger cognitive orientations prefer stereotypically competent groups (e.g., Asian people).

Currently, I am investigating the mechanisms underlying the relationship between abstract values and more specific attitudes towards economic migrants and refugees. Moreover, another project considers whether perceiving one’s own culture as valuing benevolence rather than achievement improves people’s engagement in society.

Funding

Cardiff, School of Psychology

Research group

Social & Environmental Psychology

Research collaborators

Dr. Ulrich von Hecker
Professor Geoff Haddock
Dr. Netta Weinstein

Undergraduate education

2010: BSc (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Postgraduate education

2012: Msc (2 years Research Master at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

2012-2015: PhD at Cardiff University

Awards

Honours Programme Psychology 2009, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • A selective research programme for the best students of the year

Honours Programme Psychology 2008, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Presentations

European Association of Social Psychology General Meeting 2014
July 2014

  • Racial Prejudice Against Children

Small group meeting (SoCog UK), University College London, UK
June 2013

  • Treating the Out-group Like Family – On Prejudice and Resemblance in First Impressions

Employment

Postdoctoral Research Assistant to Dr. Netta Weinstein and Prof. Dr. Greg Maio, Cardiff University, UK
September 2015 – Present

Software Teaching Assistant for DirectRT and MediaLab at Cardiff University, UK
October 2014 – March 2015
October 2013 – March 2014