Alison Nancy Earl

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
LSA: Social Sciences
Assitant Professor
Short bio: 

BA, Anthropology, University of Florida

BS, Psychology, University of Florida,

PhD, Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research summary: 

My primary research interests are understanding the causes and consequences of biased selection and attention to persuasive information, particularly in the context of health promotion. Simply stated, I am interested in what we pay attention to and why, and how this attention (or inattention) influences attitudinal and behavioral outcomes, such as persuasion and healthy behavior. In particular, my work has addressed disparities in attention to information about HIV prevention for African-Americans compared to European-Americans as a predictor of disparities in health outcomes. I am also exploring barriers to attention to health information by African-Americans, including the roles of stigma, shame, fear, and perceptions of irrelevance. At a more basic attitudes and persuasion level, I am currently pursuing work relevant to how we select information for liked versus disliked others, and how the role of choice influences how we process information we agree versus disagree with.

Recent publications: 

Earl, A., & Albarracín, D. (under review). Impression motive activation increases shame in response to information about preventing stigmatized health issues.

Earl, A., Crause, C., Vaid, A., & Albarracín, D. (under review). Disparities in attention to health information for African- vs. European-Americans: An observational account of attention to HIV and flu information in a public waiting room

Earl, A., Hart, W., Burton, K.A., & Albarracín, D. (under review). Telling you what you want to hear, but only when I like you: Examining the selective exposure bias for others.

Earl, A. & Nisson, C.A. (invited submission). Applications of selective exposure and attention to information to understanding health and health disparities. Emerging Trends.

Earl, A., Albarracín, D., Durantini, M.R., Gunnoe, J.B., Leeper, J., & Levitt, J.H. (2009). Participation in counseling programs: High-risk participants are reluctant to accept HIV-prevention counseling. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 668-679.