Dr Stewart is an experimental Social Psychologist with research interests in social cognition, intergroup relations, and ageing. Much of his research focuses on how goals and environments influence automatic and controlled thinking to produce prejudice and influence intergroup relations and decision making.
Examples of research questions include:
How does changing the framing of appeals about intergroup interactions influence prejudice and collective action, for both majority and minority members?
When do people accept externally imposed egalitarian goals?
Does changing implicit bias (automatic stereotyping/prejudice) alter actual behaviour and decision making?
Why do behavioural measures of executive control fail to tap the same kinds of processes as meta-cognitive measures, and why do these types of measures predict health, happiness, and well-being differently, regardless of age?
Ntoumanis, N., Healy, L. C., Sedikides, C., Duda, J., Stewart, B.D., Smith, A., & Bond, J. (2013). When the going gets tough: The “why” of goal striving matters. Journal of Personality, doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12047
Kimberley, L. F., Stewart, B. D., & Quinn, K. A. (under review). The Prospect of Noncompliance with Externally Imposed Egalitarian Goals Increases Stereotype Accessibility. European Journal of Social Psychology.
Stewart, B. D., von Hippel, W., & Henry, J. D. (in press). Evidence for Preserved Emotional Control Despite Deficits in Cognitive Control and Distinct Influences of Affective Words and Faces among Older Adults. Psychology and Aging.
Stewart, B. D., von Hippel, W., & Radvansky, G. A. (2009). Age, race, and implicit prejudice: Using process dissociation to separate the underlying components. Psychological Science, 20, 164-168. doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02274.x
Stewart, B. D., & Payne, B. K. (2008). Bringing automatic stereotyping under control: Implementation intentions as an efficient means of thought control. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1332-1345. doi.org/10.1177/0146167208321269
Payne, B. K., & Stewart, B. D. (2007). A process dissociation approach to automaticity and control. In J. A. Bargh (Ed.) Social psychology and the unconscious: The automaticity of higher mental processes. New York, NY: Psychology Press.
Weary1, G., Vaughn1, L. A., Stewart1, B. D., & Edwards, J. A. (2006). Adjusting for the correspondence bias: Effects of causal uncertainty, cognitive busyness, and causal strength of situational information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 87-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2005.01.003
Payne, B. K., Cheng, C. M., Govorun, O., & Stewart, B. D. (2005). An inkblot for attitudes: Affect misattribution as implicit measurement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 277-293. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0022-3518.104.22.1687