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Dr. Jason Deska

Assistant Professor
EducationPhD, Miami University
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 552632
Areas of Expertisesocial cognition; person perception; stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination

  Curriculum Vitae 


Dr. Deska is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the director of the Social Perception and Intergroup Relations Lab at Ryerson University. He received his PhD in social psychology at Miami University and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto. He supervises MA and PhD students and teaches courses related to social psychology and social cognition.

The goal of Dr. Deska’s research is to investigate how the impressions people form of others produce and sustain inequality. Specifically, Dr. Deska examines how social category membership (e.g., race, socioeconomic status, gender) and features of individuals (e.g., facial appearance, emotion expression, body shape) lead to discriminatory and dehumanizing judgments.

Selected Publications:

Deska, J. C., Kunstman, J. W., Bernstein, M. J., Ogungbadero, T., Hugenberg, K. (2020). Black racial phenotypicality shapes social pain and support judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 90, Article 103998.

Deska, J. C., Almaraz, S. M., & Hugenberg, K. (2020). Dehumanizing prisoners: Remaining sentence duration predicts the ascription of mind to prisoners. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Advance online publication.

Deska, J. C., Lloyd, E. P., & Hugenberg, K. (2018). Facing humanness: Facial width-to-height ratio predicts ascriptions of humanity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 75-94.

Deska, J. C., & Hugenberg, K. (2017). The face-mind link: Why we see minds behind faces, and how others’ minds change how we see their face. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 11, e12361. 

Khalid, S., Deska, J. C., & Hugenberg, K. (2016). The eyes are the windows to the mind: Direct eye gaze triggers the ascription of others’ minds. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 1666-1677.