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Olivier Klein

Olivier Klein

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Currently, my work mainly involves the following areas:

(1) Stereotype communication and consensualisation: I am interested in the ways stereotypes influence how people communicate their impressions of members of out-groups and how these communication patterns in turn influence the formation and maintenance of shared stereotypes.

(2) Collective memory and perceptions of History: I am interested in the ways representations of the historical past of one's group affect the emotions associated with one's group membership and how these in turn shape social identity. More generally, I am interested in the cognitive processes and biases (such as the hindsight bias) that shape ordinary people's representation of history.

(3) Food and decision making: How people decide on the quantity of food to consume and its impact on obesity.

(4) Sexual objectification: How does the portrayal of women as sexual objects affects the way they are perceived? I am especially interested in the process known as "mechanistic dehumanization", which involves denying attributes that are shared by all human beings (e.g., such as intelligence, a sense of self, etc.) in opposition to objects. I am also interested in the influence of this process on sexual aggressions.

Primary Interests:

  • Communication, Language
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:


  • Azzi, A. E., & Klein, O. (2002). Psychologie sociale et relations Intergroupes. Dunod.

Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Kashima, Y., Klein, O., & Clark, A. (2007). Grounding: Sharing information in social interaction. In K. Fiedler (Ed.), Social communication (pp. 27-78). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
  • Klein, O., & Snyder, M. (2003). Stereotypes and behavioral confirmation: From interpersonal to intergroup perspectives. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 35). New York: Academic Press.
  • Klein, O., Tindale, S., & Brauer, M. (2008). The consensualization of social stereotypes. In K. Fiedler & F. Freytag (Eds.), Stereotype Dynamics (pp. 263-292). Manwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Courses Taught:

Olivier Klein
Unité de Psychologie Sociale CP 122
Université Libre de Bruxelles
50 av. F. Roosevelt
B-1050 Bruxelles

  • Phone: +32 (2) 6503238
  • Fax: +32 (2) 6504045

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