2018 + IN PRESS

Spring, V. L., Cameron, C. D., & Cikara, M. (in press). The upside of outrage. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Comment by Brady & Crockett. Our reply to their comment.

Lau, T., Pouncy, H. T., Gershman, S. J., & Cikara, M. (in press). Discovering social groups via latent structure learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Chang, L. W., & Cikara, M. (2018). Social decoys: Leveraging choice architecture to alter social preferences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115, 206-223.

De Freitas, J., Cikara, M., Grossman, I., & Schlegel, R. (in press). Moral goodness is the essence of personal identity: Reply to Starmans & Bloom. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22, 739-740.

Vollberg, M., & Cikara, M. (2018). The neuroscience of intergroup emotions. Current Opinions in Psychology, 24, 48-52.

De Freitas, J.,&  Cikara, M. (2018). Deep down my enemy is good: Thinking about the true self reduces intergroup bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 74, 307-316. 

Cikara, M. (2018). Pleasure in response to out-group pain as a motivator of intergroup aggression. In K. Gray & J. Graham (Eds.), Atlas of Moral Psychology.



Bruneau, E. G., Cikara, M., & Saxe, R. (2017). Parochial empathy predicts the reduced altruism and the endorsement of passive harm. Social Psychological and Personality Science

Everett, J. A. C., Ingbretsen, Z. A., Cushman, F. A., & Cikara, M. (2017). Deliberation erodes cooperative behavior—Even towards competitive out-groups, even when using a control condition, and even when eliminating selection bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 76-81.

De Freitas, J., Cikara, M., Grossman, I., & Schlegel, R. (2017). Origins of the belief in good true selves. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21, 634-636.

Cikara, M., Van Bavel, J. J., Ingbretsen, Z., & Lau, T. (2017). Decoding “us” and “them:” Neural representations of generalized group concepts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 621-631.

Lau, T., & Cikara, M. (2017). fMRI repetition suppression during generalized social cognition. Scientific Reports, 7, 4262.

Cikara, M. (2017). Warmth and competence as distinct dimensions of value in social emotions. Comment in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 23-24.



Cikara, M., & Gershman, S. J. (2016). Medial prefrontal cortex updates its status. Neuron, 92, 937-939.

Lazerus, T., Ingbretsen, Z., Stolier, R., Freeman, J. B., & Cikara, M. (2016). Positivity bias in judgments of in-group members' emotional expressions. Emotion, 16, 1117-1125.

Lau, T., Morewedge, C. K., & Cikara, M. (2016). Overcorrection for social category information moderates impact bias in affective forecasting. Psychological Science, 27, 1340-1351. 

Chang, L. W., Krosch, A. R., & Cikara, M. (2016). Effects of intergroup threat on mind, brain, and behavior. Current Opinion in Psychology, 11, 69-73.

Cikara, M. (2016). Concept expansion as a source of empowerment. Invited comment in Psychological Inquiry, 27, 29-33.



Van Dijk, W. W., Ouwerkerk, J. W., Smith, R. H., & Cikara, M. (2015). The role of self-evaluation and envy in Schadenfreude. European Review of Social Psychology, 26, 247-282.

Zaki, J., & Cikara, M. (2015). Addressing empathic failures. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 471-476.

Bruneau, E. G., Cikara, M., & Saxe, R. (2015). Minding the gap: Narrative descriptions about mental states attenuate parochial empathy. PLoS ONE10(10): e0140838.

Saleem, M., Prot, S., Cikara, M., Lam, C.P., Anderson, C.A., & Jelic, M. (2015). Cutting Gordian Knots: Reducing prejudice through attachment security. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1560-1574. 

Cikara, M. (2015). Intergroup Schadenfreude: Motivating participation in collective violence. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 3, 12-17. 


Cikara, M., Bruneau, E. G., Van Bavel, J. J., & Saxe, R. (2014). Their pain gives us pleasure: How intergroup dynamics shape empathic failures and counter-empathic responses. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 110-125.

Cikara, M., Jenkins, A., Dufour, N., & Saxe, R. (2014). Reduced self-referential neural response during intergroup competition predicts later willingness to harm a competitor. NeuroImage, 96, 36-43.

Cikara, M., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2014). The neuroscience of intergroup relations: An integrative review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 245-274.

Cikara, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2014). Stereotypes and Schadenfreude. In W. van Dijk & J. Ouwerkerk (Eds.) Schadenfreude (pp. 151-169). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



Cikara, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2013). Their pain, our pleasure: Stereotype content and Schadenfreude. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1299, 52-59.

Cikara, M., & Paluck, E. L. (2013). When going along gets you nowhere and the upside of conflict behaviors. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 559-571.

Fiske, S. T., Ames, D. L., Cikara, M., & Harris, L. T. (2013). Scanning for scholars: How neuro-imaging the MPFC provides converging evidence for interpersonal stratification. In B. Derks, D. Scheepers, & N. Ellemers (eds.), Neuroscience of prejudice and intergroup relations (pp. 89-109). New York: Taylor and Francis, Psychology Press.



Cikara, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2012). Stereotypes and Schadenfreude: Affective and physiological markers of pleasure at others’ misfortunes. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 63-71.

Cikara, M., Rudman, L., & Fiske, S. T. (2012). Dearth by a thousand cuts? Accounting for gender differences in top-ranked publication rates in social psychology. Journal of Social Issues, 68, 263-285.



Cikara, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2011). Bounded empathy: Neural responses to outgroup targets' (mis)fortunes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3791-3803.

Cikara, M., Bruneau, E. G., & Saxe, R. (2011). Us and them: Intergroup failures of empathy. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 149-153.

Cikara, M., Botvinick, M. M., & Fiske, S. T. (2011). Us versus them: Social identity shapes neural responses to intergroup competition and harm. Psychological Science, 22, 306-313.

Cikara, M., Eberhardt, J. L., & Fiske, S. T. (2011). From agents to objects: Sexist attitudes and neural responses to sexualized targets. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 540-551.



Cikara, M., Farnsworth, R. A., Harris, L. T., & Fiske, S. T. (2010). On the wrong side of the trolley track: Neural correlates of relative social valuation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5, 404-413.

Cikara, M., & Girgus, J. S. (2010). Unpacking social hypersensitivity: Vulnerability to the absence of positive feedback. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1409-1423.


2009 and EARLIER

Cikara, M., Lee, T. L., Fiske, S. T., & Glick, P. (2009). Ambivalent sexism at home and at work: How attitudes toward women in relationships foster exclusion in the public sphere. In J. T. Jost, A. C. Kay, & H. Thorisdottir (Eds.), Social and psychological bases of ideology and system justification (pp. 444- 462). New York: Oxford University Press.

Harris, L. T., Cikara, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2008). Envy as predicted by the stereotype content model: A volatile ambivalence. In R. Smith (Ed.), Envy: Theory and research (pp. 131-147). New York: Oxford University Press.

Cikara, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2008).  Warmth, competence, and ambivalent sexism: Vertical assault and collateral damage. In M. Barreto, M. Ryan, M. Schmitt (Eds.), Barriers to diversity: The Glass Ceiling in the 21st century (pp. 73-96). Washington DC: APA. 

Cikara, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2007).  Cooperation ≠ Consent: How women react to their place, based on social relations and ambivalent sexism. In S. J. Correll (Ed.), Social psychology of gender: Advances in group processes (Vol. 24, pp. 99-122). New York: Elsevier Science.


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