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  • April H. Bailey (Ph.D., Yale University) is Assistant Professor of Psychology and director of the BIAS Lab (Bailey Identity and Social Cognition Lab). Her group investigates bias and beliefs about social identities and groups. Her 2022 article, “Based on billions of words on the internet, PEOPLE=MEN,” was published in Science Advances and covered in the popular press by Scientific American and The New Scientist. Her work often addresses gender biases and intersections with other social identities including race and sexual orientation. She uses quantitative methods from social and cognitive psychology as well as approaches from computational linguistics and philosophy. She has published empirical articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Media Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and theory and review articles in Trends in Cognitive Sciences and Personality and Social Psychology Review. Her research has received awards from the American Psychological Association and the Society of Philosophy and Psychology, and her dissertation received the highest departmental honor given at Yale, the James Grossman Dissertation Award. She coordinates the Gender Preconference to the national meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Through her research, she seeks to address the psychological roots of unfair social hierarchies and systems of oppression (e.g., sexism and racism) to create a more equitable and inclusive society for all.

    Students interested in becoming involved in the BIAS lab should inquire at baileypsychlab.com
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2023 Biological Essentialism Correlates With (But Doesn't Cause?) Intergroup Bias.Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  1461672231158095. 2023
    2022 Seeing men everywhere, even in toast.Trends in Cognitive Sciences.  26:365-367. 2022
    2022 Based on billions of words on the internet, people = men.Science advances.  8:eabm2463. 2022
    2022 "Master" of none: Institutional language change linked to reduced gender bias.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.  28:237-248. 2022
    2021 Value-based essentialism: Essentialist beliefs about social groups with shared values.Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.  150:1994-2014. 2021
    2021 The Way They Look: Phenotypic Prototypicality Shapes the Perceived Intergroup Attitudes of In- and Out-group Members 2021
    2020 Implicit Reactions to Women in High Power Body Postures: Less Wonderful But Still WeakerJournal of Nonverbal Behavior.  44:329-350. 2020
    2019 Sexism, rape myths and feminist identification explain gender differences in attitudes toward the #metoo social media campaign in two countriesMedia Psychology.  22:818-843. 2019
    2019 Is Man the Measure of All Things? A Social Cognitive Account of Androcentrism.Personality and Social Psychology Review.  23:307-331. 2019
    2018 Sexism, Rape Myths and Feminist Identification Explain Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward the #metoo Social Media Campaign in Two Countries 2018
    2017 Could a woman be superman? Gender and the embodiment of power posturesComprehensive Results in Social Psychology.  2:6-27. 2017
    2017 Body posture and gender impact neural processing of power-related words.Journal of Social Psychology.  157:474-484. 2017
    2015 Picture Power: Gender Versus Body Language in Perceived StatusJournal of Nonverbal Behavior.  39:317-337. 2015


    Year Title
    2024 Intersectional Male-Centric and White-Centric Biases in Collective Concepts 2024
    2023 People’s Beliefs About Pronouns Reflect Both the Language They Speak and Their Ideologies 2023

    Teaching Activities

  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2023
  • Student Research Experience Taught course 2023
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2022
  • Education And Training

  • B.A., Colgate University
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Yale University
  • Full Name

  • April Bailey