Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University of Toronto

Field of Specialty

Social and Affective Neuroscience, Social Interactions, Social Perception, EEG

Contact Information

Volen National Center for Complex Systems 220

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Jennifer Gutsell

I believe that social, cognitive, and biological levels of analysis complement each other and that in order to truly understand a psychological phenomenon we need comprehensive theories and integrative research that spans across levels of analysis. Following this research philosophy, my lab uses a multi-method approach, utilizing behavioral methods in combination with neuroimaging (EEG) and physiological measures (GSR, EMG, and ECG), to investigate how we perceive, understand and adapt to others’ actions, intentions and emotions.


Gutsell, Jennifer, Remedios, Jessica. "When Men Lean Out: Subtle Reminders of Child-Raising Intentions and Men and Women’s Career Interests.." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 67 (2016): 28 - 33 <doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2015.09.007>.

Gutsell, J.N., Inzlicht, M.. "A Neuroaffective perspective on why people fail to live a sustainable lifestyle.." Encouraging Sustainable Behavior: Psychology and the Environment. Ed. H. van Trijp. London: Psychology Press, 2014. 137-153.

Gutsell, J. N., Inzlicht, M.. "Using EEG mu-suppression to explore group biases in motor resonance." The Neuroscience of Prejudice. Ed. B. Derks, D. Scheepers and N. Ellemers. London: University Press, 2013. 278-298.

Gutsell, J. N., & Inzlicht, M.. "Intergroup differences in the sharing of emotive states: Neural evidence of an empathy gap." Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 7. 5 (2012): 596-603.

Inzlicht, M., Gutsell, J. N., Legault, L.. "Mimicry reduces racial prejudice." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 48. 1 (2012): 361-365.

Inzlicht, M., Tullett, A. M., Gutsell, J.. "Stereotype threat spillover: The short and long-term effects of coping with threats to social identity." Stereotype Threat: Theory, Process, and Application. Ed. M. Inzlicht. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 107-123.

Legault, L., & Gutsell, J.N., & Inzlicht, M.. "Ironic effects of anti-prejudice messages: How motivational intervention reduces (but also increases) prejudice.." Psychological Science 22. 12 (2011): 1472-1477.

Gutsell, J. N., & Inzlicht, M.. "Empathy constrained: Prejudice predicts reduced mental simulation of actions during observation of outgroups.." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 46. 5 (2010): 841-845.

Inzlicht, M., & Gutsell, J. N.. "Running on empty: Neural signals for self-control failure." Psychological Science 18. 11 (2007): 933-937.

Courses Taught

PSYC 34b Social Psychology
PSYC 155a Interpersonal Sensitivity