My research mainly focuses on the study of humanness as a fundamental dimension of social judgment. People tend to scale their fellow human beings on the human dimension giving full humanness to some, while seeing others as lesser human beings.
I study this dimension in different contexts like intergroup relations (i.e., processes of infrahumanization and dehumanization), in the realm of female sexual objectification, and in the relationship between health care workers and patients.
In my work, the aim is to understand both the cognitive and motivational processes that underlie processes of dehumanization and its consequences.
Bain, P., Vaes, J., Kashima, Y., Haslam, N., & Guan, Y. (in press). Folk conceptions of humanness: Beliefs about distinctive and core human characteristics in Australia, Italy, and China. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.