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Department of Psychology|College of Arts & Sciences

Sean LaurentSean Laurent

Academic Professional Lecturer

Perspective Taking and Empathy; Hypocrisy; Gender Roles; Social Cognition

Social Psychology

Not currently accepting graduate students


Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2010

M.S., University of Oregon, 2006

B.A., University of Massachusetts, 2004 • (307) 766-5433 • Bio Sciences Bldg 110


Academic Positions

2010-Present, Assistant Professional Lecturer, University of Wyoming

2009-2010, Ford Dissertation Fellow, University of Oregon


Research Interests:

What happens when someone tries to "get inside" someone else's head? Why are some people more accurate than others at reading (some) people's thoughts, feelings, and intentions? How do people form judgments about the personalities, beliefs, and competencies of people they encounter? What does it mean to be "moral" and how do people define and perceive "hypocrisy" in themselves and others? What dimensions of judgment are influenced (often unfairly, and sometimes without perceivers' conscious awareness) by factors such as others' gender or race, and how can psychological science be used to understand and mitigate prejudice and discrimination? Put another way: How do people understand one another?

I know: That's a lot of Big Questions. But each question fascinates me, and the basic and applied research conducted in my lab involves finding answers. Specifically, some of the topics I study are perspective taking (a primarily cognitive form of empathy involving taking another's psychological perspective), self-other overlap (feeling psychologically "close" or having "shared representations" of self and other), hypocrisy (sometimes called "saying one thing and doing another"), empathic accuracy ("everyday mind reading"), and stereotypes involving race, ethnicity, and gender.



Psyc 1000 - General Psychology

Psyc 4820 - Human Sexuality

Psyc 4855 - Undergraduate Research

Psyc 5060 - Statistical Methods in Psychology (Part 1 of Graduate Statistics Sequence)

Psyc 5300 - Applied Multivariate Analysis (Part 2 of Graduate Statistics Sequence)



Laurent, S. M., & Meyers, M. W. (in press). I know you're me, but who am I? Perspective taking and seeing the other in the self. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.05.018.

Laurent, S. M., & Meyers, M. W. (2011). Empathic merging of selves: Perspective taking and self-other overlap. In D. J. Scapaletti (Ed.), Psychology of Empathy. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Hodges, S. D., Laurent, S. M., & Lewis, K. L. (2010). Specially motivated, feminine, or just female: Do women have an empathic accuracy advantage? In J. L. Smith, W. Ickes, J. Hall, & S. D. Hodges (Eds.), Managing interpersonal sensitivity: Knowing when and when not to understand others. NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Laurent, S. M., & Hodges, S. D. (2009). Gender roles and empathic accuracy: The role of communion in reading minds. Sex Roles, 60, 387-398.

Laurent, S. M., & Simons, A. D. (2009). Sexual dysfunction in depression and anxiety: Conceptualizing sexual dysfunction as part of an internalizing dimension. Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 573-585.

Manuscripts under review

Lewis, K. L., Hodges, S. D., Laurent, S. M., Srivastava, S., & Biancarosa, G. (revise and resubmit). Reading between the minds: The use of stereotypes in empathic accuracy. Refereed.

Laurent, S. M., & Clark, B. A. M. (under review). Consequences of breaking the rules: Stereotype expectancy violations affect perceptions of hypocrisy and liking. Refereed.

Laurent, S. M., Hodges, S. D., & Lewis, K. L. (under review). Trying hard to read your mind: Motivation and empathic accuracy. Refereed.

Laurent, S. M., & Clark, B. A. M. (under review). Falling from a high place: The intersection of race and status on perceptions of hypocrisy. Refereed.

Myers, M. W., Laurent, S. M., & Hodges, S. D. (Under review). Perspective taking and self-other overlap: Do instructions make a difference? Refereed.

Manuscripts in preparation (data collected):

Laurent, S. M. Looking through the eyes of a racist: Perspective taking, motivation to appear non-prejudiced, and racial attitudes.

Clark, B. A. M., & Laurent, S. M. To be or not to be a hypocrite: Outlining the basic foundations of moral hypocrisy.

Clark, B. A. M., & Laurent, S. M. Individual differences and perceptions of hypocrisy.

Laurent, S. M., & Clark, B. A. M. Doing one thing before saying another: When reversing the temporal order of attitudes and behaviors impacts hypocrisy attributions.

Clark, B. A. M., & Laurent, S. M. What is the factor structure of moral hypocrisy?

Laurent, S. M., & Hodges, S. D. Trying hard or hardly trying? Strategies for improving empathic accuracy.

Laurent, S. M. What does it mean to be masculine or feminine? Toward a folk understanding of gender-related traits.

Laurent, S. M. Should you or shouldn't you? The impact of gender prescriptions and proscriptions on mental health and social competency.

Laurent, S. M., & Myers, M. Perspective taking: A review of the literature.


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