Books and Articles

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Books & Book Chapters

Franklyn, C & West, K.(2022). Skewed: Decoding Media Bias. Howes Publishing.

Stathi, S., Crisp, R. J., Turner, R. N., West, K., & Birtel, M. (2012). Using mental imagery to promote positive intergroup relations. In D.W. Russel & C.A. Russel (Eds.), The psychology of prejudice: Interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary issues (pp. 235-250). Nova.

Journal Articles

Note: *Indicates that the author was one of my research students or research assistants.

West, K. (2022). Threshold-Resistance: Adding a historical perspective to Hodson’s (2021) observations on the “Microaggressions Pushback”. Perspectives on Psychological Science; manuscript accepted for publication.

West, K., Greenland, K., & van Laar, C. (2022). It's only discrimination when they do it to us: When White men use ingroup‐serving double standards in definitional boundaries of discrimination. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Greenland, K., West, K., & van Laar, C. (2022). Definitional boundaries of discrimination: Tools for deciding what constitutes discrimination (and what doesn't). Journal of Applied Social Psychology; manuscript accepted for publication

West, K., & Kukawska*, E. (2022). Good nudes and bad nudes: How naturism, casual stripping, and sexting predict social physique anxiety and body appreciation. Sexuality & Culture.

Francis*, J., & West, K. (2022). Physical Activity Message Framing and Ethnicity Before and During COVID-19. Health Communication; manuscript accepted for publication.

Wallrich*, L., West, K., & Rutland, A. (2022). Valuing diversity: an undervalued mediator of intergroup contact. European Journal of Social Psychology,

West, K., Greenland, K., & van Laar, C. (2021). Implicit racism, colour blindness, and narrow definitions of discrimination: Why some White people prefer ‘All Lives Matter’ to ‘Black Lives Matter’. British Journal of Social Psychology,

West, K. (2021). I feel better naked: Communal naked activity increases body appreciation by reducing social physique anxiety. Journal of Sex Research, 58 (8), 958 - 966.

Hotchin*, V., & West, K. (2021). Open to Contact? Increased state Openness can lead to greater interest in contact with diverse groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,

West, K., & Borras Guevara*, M. L. (2021). When cisgender, heterosexual men feel attracted to transgender women: Sexuality-norm violations lead to compensatory anti-gay prejudice. Journal of Homosexuality,

West, K., Borras Guevara*, M. L., Morton, T. A., & Greenland, K. (2021). Fragile Heterosexuality. Social Psychology, 52 (3), 143 – 161.

Wallrich*, L., West, K., & Rutland, A. (2021). Civic understanding mediates of the effect of educational tracks on voting intentions in German schools. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education,

Borras Guevara*, M. L., & West, K. (2021). Masculinity threat: understanding why Jamaican men report more anti-gay prejudice than Jamaican women. Journal of Gender Studies, 30 (3), 292 – 305,

Hotchin*, V., & West, K. (2021). Reflecting on nostalgic, positive, and novel experiences increases state Openness. Journal of Personality, 89 (2), 258-275,

Bowman*, J. W., & West, K. (2021). Brexit: The influence of motivation to respond without prejudice, willingness to disagree, and attitudes to immigration. British Journal of Social Psychology, e12383;

Wallrich*, L., West, K., & Rutland, A. (2020). Painting all foreigners with one brush? How the salience of Muslims and refugees shapes judgements. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 8(1), 246-265;

West, K. (2020). Interethnic bias in willingness to engage in casual sex versus committed relationships. The Journal of Sex Research, 57 (4) 409 - 420,

Banton*, O., & West, K. (2019). Gendered perceptions of sexual abuse: investigating the effect of offender, victim and observer gender on the perceived seriousness of child sexual abuse. Journal of child sexual abuse, 1-16:

West, K. (2020). Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBTQ Experiences in the Anglophone Caribbean. Social and Economic Studies, 69 (1-2), 191-194

Eaton, A. A., Saunders, J. F., Jacobson, R. K., & West, K. (2019). How gender and race stereotypes impact the advancement of scholars in STEM: Professors’ biased evaluations of physics and biology post-doctoral candidates. Sex Roles,

West, K. (2020). A nudity-based intervention to improve body image, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. International Journal of Happiness and Development 6 (2), 162-172, ISSN: 2049-2790 eISSN: 2049-2804,

Banton*, O., West, K., & Kinney, E. (2019). The surprising politics of anti‐immigrant prejudice: How political conservatism moderates the effect of immigrant race and religion on infrahumanization judgements. British Journal of Social Psychology; 59 (1), 157 - 170,

West, K., & Eaton, A. A. (2020). Prejudiced and unaware of it: Evidence for the Dunning-Kruger model in the domains of racism and sexism.  Personality and Individual Differences, 146, 111 - 119

Bowman, J*., & West, K., (2019). Prime and prejudice: Brief stereotypical media representations can increase prejudicial attitudes and behaviour towards people with schizophrenia. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 29 (3), 167 - 177,

West, K. (2019). Testing hypersensitive responses: Ethnic minorities are not more sensitive to microagressions, they just experience them more frequently. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,

West, K. (2018). Does contact matter?: The relative importance of contact in predicting anti-gay prejudice in Jamaica. Journal of Homosexuality,

West, K. (2018) Understanding and reducing sexual prejudice in Jamaica: Theoretical and practical insights from a severely anti-gay society. Annual Review of Sex Research: The Journal of Sex Research, 55, (4-5), 472-485,

Hotchin, V**., & West, K. (2018). Openness and Intellect differentially predict Right-Wing Authoritarianism. Personality and Individual Differences, 124, 117-123.

West, K. (2018) Naked and unashamed: Investigating and applying the effects of naturist activities on body image, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction. Journal of Happiness Studies, 19 (3), 677 - 697

West, K., Hotchin, V**., & Wood, C. (2017). Imagined contact can be more effective for participants with stronger initial prejudices. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 47(5), 282-292.

West, K., & Lloyd, J. (2017). The Role of Labelling and Bias in the Portrayals of Acts of “Terrorism”: Media Representations of Muslims vs. Non-Muslims. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 37(2), 211-222.

Taschler, M**., & West, K. (2017). Contact with counter-stereotypical women predicts less sexism, less rape myth acceptance, less intention to rape (in men) and less projected enjoyment of rape (in women). Sex Roles, 1-12.

West, K. (2017). Jamaica, three years later: Effects of intensified pro-gay activism on severe prejudice against lesbians and gay men. The Journal of Sex Research, 53(9), 1107-1117.

West, K., & Greenland, K. (2016). Beware of ‘reducing prejudice’: Imagined contact may backfire if applied with a prevention focus. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46(10), 583 - 592.

West, K. (2016). Sexual restrictions beyond anti-gay prejudice: Anal sex, oral sex, masculinity and sexual prejudice in Jamaica. International Journal of Sexual Health, 28(4), 278-285.

West, K., Lowe, R., & Marsden, V. (2016) 'It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or White?: The effect of race on perception of relationship quality. Social Psychology Review 19, 1, 16 – 22.

West, K., Turner, R. N., & Levita, L. (2015). Applying imagined contact to improve physiological responses in anticipation of intergroup interactions and the perceived quality of these interactions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45 (8), 425 - 436.

West, K., & Cowell, N. (2015). Predictors of prejudice against gays and lesbians in Jamaica. The Journal of Sex Research, 52 (3), 296 - 305.

West, K., Husnu, S., & Lipps, G. (2015). Imagined Contact Works in High-Prejudice Contexts: Investigating Imagined Contact’s Effects on Anti-Gay Prejudice in Cyprus and Jamaica. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 12(1), 60 – 69.

West, K., Hewstone, M., & Lolliot, S. (2014). Intergroup contact and prejudice against people with schizophrenia. Journal of Social Psychology, 154 (3), 217 – 232.

West, K., & Turner, R. N. (2014). Using extended contact to improve physiological responses and behaviour toward people with schizophrenia. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 57-64.

Turner, R. N., West, K., & Christie, Z. (2013). Outgroup trust, intergroup anxiety, and outgroup attitude as mediators of the effect of imagined intergroup contact on intergroup behavioural tendencies. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Evans-Lacko, S., Malcolm, E., West, K., Rose, D., London, J., Rüsch, N., Little, K., Henderson, C., & Thornicroft, G., (2013). Influence of Time to Change’s social marketing interventions on stigma in England 2009-2011. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 202(s55), s77-s88.

West, K., & Bruckmuller, S. (2013). Nice and easy does it: How perceptual fluency moderates the effects of imagined contact. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 254–262.

West, K., & Hewstone M. (2012). Relatively socially acceptable prejudice within and between societies. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 22, 269 – 282.

Turner, R. N., & West, K. (2012). Behavioural consequences of imagining intergroup contact with stigmatized outgroups. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15 (2), 193 – 202.

West, K., & Hewstone M. (2012). Culture and contact in the promotion and reduction of anti-gay prejudice: Evidence from Jamaica and Britain. Journal of Homosexuality, 59, 44 – 66.

West, K., Holmes, E. & Hewstone, M. (2011) Enhancing imagined contact to reduce prejudice against people with schizophrenia. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 407 - 428.

West, K., (2011) Book Review: H. Giles, S. Reid, and J. Harwood (Eds.) The Dynamics of Intergroup Communication New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2010. 344 pp. IBSN 978-1-4331-0398-8 (hardcover), 978-1-4331-0397-1 (paperback). Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 30 (2), 240 - 243.

West, K., Hewstone, M., & Holmes, E. A. (2010). Rethinking ‘mental health stigma’. European Journal of Public Health, 20, 131 - 132.

Keynote Presentations at Major Conferences

West, K. (2021). What heterosexuality means (and why it matters), Keynote delivered at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference,
August 26, 2021.

West, K. (2021). Asking the right questions. Keynote (Presidential Address) delivered at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Annual Meeting,
August 03, 2021.

West, K. (2021). Lessons about sexual prejudice from Jamaica. Keynote delivered at the International Academy of Sex Research Annual Conference,
July 29, 2021.

West, K. (2021). Mistakes that Well-Meaning People Make Concerning Bias and Bias Reduction. Keynote delivered at the Psi Chi SEPA Annual Meeting,
March 19, 2021.