Corey Cook, Ph.D.

Office hours
Fall 2014: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and Wednesdays by appointment.
Social Psychology
University of Florida
Social Psychology
University of Florida
Arizona State University

My research explores how perceptions of threats and opportunities affect the way we think about and respond toward others in our social environment. My research largely focuses on the effects of social goals (e.g., affiliation and friendship, status-seeking, mate acquisition and self-protection) on stereotyping and prejudice. My other research interests include morality/values, self-presentation and evolutionary psychology. 

Current Research

My current work explores the role that morality/values systems play on how people think about and respond to others in their environment. For example, I found that people display profound negativity toward atheists because they are perceived as threatening ingroup values and are therefore a threat to group functioning (Cook, Cottrell, & Webster, 2014). My current research is delving further into the cognitive effects of such threat perceptions.

My other current research projects explore the effects of social goals on sexual prejudice (i.e., prejudice toward LBG individuals), and I dabble in personality research (e.g., how personality differences affect literary preferences and other aspects of social life). 


I teach courses on research methodology and social psychology. This academic year I will teach Foundations of Psychology Research Methods I and II (TPSYCH 209 and TPSYCH 309), Social Psychology (TPSYCH 240) and Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination (offered Summer 2015). 

  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
  • Human Behavior and Evolutionary Society (HBES)
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology 
Honors and Awards
  • 2012, Pearson Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, University of Florida, Department of Psychology
  • 2011, Gerber Award for Outstanding Research in Social Psychology, University of Florida, Department of Psychology     
  • 2016, SPSP Small Research Grant, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • 2016, SPSP Teacher/Scholar Travel Award, Society for PErsonality and Social Psychology
Academic Service

Coordinator, Social Sciences Reserach Methods Minor Member
SIAS Diversity Workgroup

CV or Resume
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Publication Date Bibliographic Citation

Cook, C. L., li, Y. J., Newell, S. N., Cottrell, C. A., & Neel, R. (2016). The world is a scary place: Individual differences in Belief in a Dangerous World predict specific intergroup prejudices. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/1368630216670024


Cook, C. L., Cohen, F., & Solomon, S. (2015). What if they're right about the afterlife? Evidence of the role of existential threat on anti-atheist prejudice. Social Psychological and Personality Sicence, 6, 840-846. doi: 10.1177/1948550615584200


Crysel, L. C., Cook, C. L., Schember, T. O., & Webster, G. D. (2015). Harry Potter and the measures of personality: Extraverted Gryffindors, agreeable Hufflepuffs, clever Ravenclaws, and manipulative Slytherins. Personality and Individual Differences, 83, 174-179. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.04.016


Cook, C. L., Cottrell, C. A., & Webster, G. D. (2015). No good without God: Antiatheist prejduice as a function of threats to morals and values. Psychology of Religion & Spirituality, 7, 217-226. doi: 10.1037/rel0000013


Webster, G. D., Agdas, D., Masters, F. J., Cook, C. L., & Gesselman, A. N. (2013). Prior storm experience moderates water surge perception and risk. PLoS ONE, 8, e62477. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062477 


Cook, C. L. (2012). The human brain as an evolved rationalization machine: A review of Michael Shermer, “The believing brain: From ghosts to gods to politics and conspiracies – How we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truths.” Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 29-34.