Doctoral Student, Psychology

Phone: (973)-353-3929

    • M.A., Columbia University, Teachers College
    • B.A., McGill University
  • Research and Background:

My research examines the implicit and explicit social cognitive processes that underlie (a) ambiguous person perception and (b) stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. These processes have implications for intergroup relations (especially richly complicated ones that involve groups of racial and gender ambiguous individuals) and social inequalities.

  • Current projects:

Ambiguous person perception:

(a) Multiracial face categorizations: This research shows that non-prejudiced motivations can address self-image needs in threatening contexts, and that the way in which these motives operate in the context of multiracial face categorizations depend on whether perceivers share group membership with the target faces (Margevich & Rivera, 2015).

Margevich, A. K., & Rivera, L. M. (2015). Self-image threat moderates the role of motivation to control prejudice in Multiracial categorizations. Manuscript under review.

(b) Gender categorization thresholds: In this research, I am exploring whether ambiguous person categorizations can compensate for lack of personal control. When personal control is threatened, individuals can address their basic need for an orderly world by perceiving illusory patterns in random objects.  I extend this research to the perception of ambiguous gender individuals.

Margevich, A. K., & Rivera, L. M. (2015). Do ambiguous person categorizations provide a source of compensatory control? Research in progress.