Shelly Chaiken

Shelly Chaiken

Shelly Chaiken is a social psychologist. She first received her BS from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1971 for mathematics. She later earned her MS (in 1975) and her PhD (in 1978) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in social psychology. She was a professor of psychology at New York University, but is now retired. Chaiken is a part of many psychological organizations including the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association (Fellow, Div. 8), and the American Psychological Society.


She completed work involving attitude, persuasion, and social cognition. She researched phenomenon such as heuristic and systematic processing. Chaiken completed a study researching interracial contact. The study found that participant who were exposed to more white faces in a positive way, had a more negative view or increased prejudice toward black faces. Chaiken edited many psychological books including, Attitude Research in the 21st Century: The Current State of Knowledge, and Dual-Process Theories in Social Psychology. Dual-Process Theories in Social Psychology conglomerates the theories of informational processing in an organized way, along with reviews and research of these theories. Much of her work involving persuasion has been helpful to conflict resolution centers and negotiations with their patients.

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  • Dual-Process Theories in Social Psychology (1996-2008). .
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  • Questia Media America. Motivated Heuristic and Systematic Processing. (2008). .
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  • Smith, P., Dijksterhuis, A., & Chaiken, S. (2008, January). Subliminal exposure to faces and racial attitudes: Exposure to Whites makes Whites like Blacks less. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(1), 50-64.

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