Assistant Professor, Affect/Social and Cognitive
As director of the social perception and attitudes (SPA) lab, I study social perception and social influence. My research has been guided by the idea that social perception processes play a key role in conformity, socialization, and persuasion. After all, it is only through perceptual processes that I encounter other people and it is only through such social perception that I can be influenced by other people. With this in mind, the research in my lab currently focuses on two broad topics. First, nonverbal behavior seems to be privileged in social perception. People are extremely sensitive to others' nonverbal behavior and process it in the absence of intention or awareness. My colleagues, students, and I continue to examine how the perception of nonverbal behavior can influence everything from implicit race biases to subjective social norms. Second, emotional (affective) responses to other people sometimes precede conscious perception. My colleagues, students, and I have examined the antecedents and consequences of these fast affective responses. We have found that even when people cannot see or recall affective cues, these cues can influence self-esteem, cardiovascular responses, the processing of persuasive messages, and more.
In general, I am interested in characterizing the extremely early stages of social thinking and examining how they contribute to social problems and solutions.
For lab webpage, please go to http://www.maxweisbuch.com.
Weisbuch, M., & Ambady, N. (2009). Unspoken cultural influence: Exposure to and influence of nonverbal bias. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1104-1119.
Weisbuch, M., Pauker, K., & Ambady, N. (2009). The subtle transmission of race bias via televised nonverbal behavior. Science, 326, 1711-1714.
Weisbuch, M., Sinclair, S. L., Skorinko, J., & Eccleston, C. P. (2009). Self-esteem depends on the beholder: Effects of a subtle social value cue. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 143-148.
Weisbuch, M., & Ambady, N. (2008a). Affective divergence: Automatic responses to others' emotions depend on group membership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1063-1079.
Weisbuch, M., & Ambady, N. (2008b). Non-conscious routes to building culture: Nonverbal components of socialization. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 15, 159-183.
Weisbuch-Remington, M., Mendes, W. B., Seery, M. D., & Blascovich, J. (2005). The non-conscious influence of religious symbols in motivated performance situations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1203-1216.
University of California Santa Barbara
Affect/Social and Cognitive