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Bodenhausen Named Lawyer Taylor Professor At Northwestern

Galen V. Bodenhausen, professor of psychology and marketing, has been named the Lawyer Taylor Professor.

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September 9, 2008 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Galen V. Bodenhausen, professor of psychology and marketing at Northwestern University, has been named the Lawyer Taylor Professor. The professorship is named in honor of the first African American to receive an undergraduate degree from Northwestern, in 1903.

Bodenhausen studies social perception and judgment. He focuses on how prejudice and stereotypes are represented in the mind and how they influence attention, memory, judgment and behavior. His research illuminates basic mental processes at the root of many forms of bias, such as racism, sexism and ageism. Bodenhausen also investigates strategies for controlling and counteracting such biases. The National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health have supported his research.

Bodenhausen joined the Northwestern faculty in 1996 and has appointments in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the J.L. Kellogg School of Management. He is the founder and co-director of the Northwestern Center on the Science of Diversity, and he directs the Social Psychology Program in the department of psychology.

Bodenhausen is a recent recipient of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Würzburg in Germany. A former president of the Midwestern Psychological Association, he is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He has been an editor of four major journals and is currently the editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous other journals.