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Indiana University Bloomington

Anne Krendl

Dr. Anne Krendl

Assistant Professor


akrendl [at]

office: PY 363

lab: Neuroscience of Mind and Behavior Lab
   PY 398 | (812)856-8007


Social neuroscience; social cognition & aging; impression formation; stigma; stereotyping & prejudice; stereotype threat; functional MRI

Educational Background

  • 2008 - Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College
  • 1998- Bachelors of Arts, Harvard University, cum laude

Areas of Study

  • Cognitive neuroscience

Research Topics

  • Social neuroscience
  • Social cognition & aging
  • Impression formation
  • Stigma
  • Stereotyping & prejudice
  • Functional MRI

Research Summary:

Successfully navigating novel social interactions requires that we be able to engage in fast and efficient person perception. To achieve this goal, we rely on categorization and stereotyping. However, evaluating others on the basis of categorical knowledge can sometimes produce pernicious outcomes, particularly in the case of stereotyping and prejudice (e.g., based on an individual’s race, gender, or appearance). In order to develop effective interventions to overcome these negative effects, it is important to develop a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms that underlie stereotyping. My research uses a multi-faceted and novel approach that incorporates behavioral, cognitive, and neuroimaging techniques to identify the mechanisms underlying stereotyping and prejudice from three converging perspectives: first, how perceivers form stereotypes; second, how the formation of stereotypes changes over the adult lifespan; and finally, how stereotypes affect their targets (through stereotype threat).

Representative Publications

    Krendl, A.C. & Wolford, G. (in press). Cognitive decline and older adults’ perception of stigma controllability. Journal of Gerontology B Series: Psychological Sciences.

    Krendl, A.C., Moran, J.M., Ambady, N. (2012). Does context matter in evaluations of stigmatized individuals? An fMRI study. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience. doi:10.1093/scan/nss037

    Krendl, A.C., Gainsburg, I., Ambady, N. (2012). The effects of stereotypes and observer pressure on athletic performance. Journal of Sports & Exercise Psychology, 34(1), 3-15.

    Krendl, A.C., Kensinger, E.A., & Ambady, N. (2011). How does the brain regulate negative bias to stigma? Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, advanced online access doi: 10.1093/scan/nsr046.

    Krendl, A.C. & Ambady, N. (2010). Older adults’ decoding of emotions: Role of dynamic versus static cues and age-related cognitive decline. Psychology & Aging, 25(4), 788-793.

    Krendl, A.C., Heatherton, T.F., & Kensinger, E.A. (2009). Aging minds twisting attitudes: An fMRI investigation of age differences in inhibiting prejudice. Psychology & Aging, 24(3), 530-541.

    Krendl, A.C., Richeson, J.A., Kelley, W.M., & Heatherton, T.F (2008). The negative consequences of threat: An fMRI investigation of the neural mechanisms underlying women’s underperformance in math. Psychological Science, 19(2), 168-175.

    Krendl, A.C., Macrae, C.N., Kelley, W.M., Fugelsang, J.F., & Heatherton, T.F. (2006). The good, the bad, and the ugly: An fMRI investigation of the functional anatomic correlates of stigma. Social Neuroscience, 1(1), 5-15.

    *Kensinger E.A., *Krendl A.C., & Corkin S. (2006). Memories for an Emotional and a Nonemotional Event:  Effects of Age and Delay. Experimental Aging Review, 32(1), 23-45.

    * equal authorship