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Takuya Sawaoka

Graduate Student

Stanford University
Psychology Department
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

About me

I am currently a first-year graduate student at Stanford University working in the IPC lab, having received my B. S. in Psychology from Yale University in 2012. My research interests include: 1) How perceptions of stigmatized groups (e.g., racial, sexual, or religious minorities) bias moral judgments and punishment (Newheiser, Sawaoka, & Dovidio, in press); 2) The contexts in which egalitarian or non-egalitarian attitudes and beliefs contribute to people’s subjective wellbeing; and 3) How self-conceptions of one’s own social identity impact attitudes towards stigmatized groups.


I am supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Stanford Graduate Fellowship.  

My CV can be found here.


Newheiser, A., Sawaoka, T., & Dovidio, J. F. (in press.). Why do we punish groups? High entitativity promotes moral suspicion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.


Sawaoka, T., Barnes, R. D., Blomquist, K. K., Masheb, R. M., & Grilo, C. M. (in press). Social anxiety and self-consciousness in binge eating disorder: Associations with eating disorder psychopathology. Comprehensive Psychiatry.