Research Interests |
Dr. Tate is interested in three distinguishable research topics: (a) social perception, (b) attitudes, and (c) mental simulation of the past and future. She is also interested in philosophy of science issues for psychological research. For a detailed disucssion of each of these topics, see her lab's research interests page.
Within the social perception topic, Dr. Tate focuses on how individuals understand themselves (viz. self-identity) and others. Current work explores how people maintain a felt-sense of gender identity whether they are cisgender, transgender, or genderqueer. Other work in this area explores how people define social categories such as "race" and "sexual orientation" to understand and navigate the social world. Publications within this topic are located here.
Within the attitudes topic, Dr. Tate focuses specifically on prejudice and discrimination toward racial, gender, and sexual orientation groups as well as the factors that support and lessen bias toward these groups--such as comedy and people's cognitive organizations of social groups. Dr. Tate also explores new methodologies to assess racial prejudice toward multiple groups using single-instrument designs. Publications within this topic are located here.
Within the mental simulation topic, Dr. Tate examines the cognitive processes underpinning "mental time travel" into the future and the past. Current work focuses on how forecasting is related to a variety of phenemona including affect and attitudes. Publications within this topic are located here.
Dr. Tate also has a strong interest in the philosophy of science for psychological science, particularly on evolutionary modeling in psychology. More broadly, her work in this area focuses on how to conceptualize and measure phenomena of interest from a quantitative perspective in the science of psychology. Publications relevant to philosophy of science are located here. Publications relevant to quantitative measurement in psychology are located here.