Stephanie Cerce
Lehigh University Psychology - student, Stephanie Cerce
Academic History
Lehigh University
M.S. 2014, Psychology
Rutgers University
B.A. 2011,  Majors: Psychology, History
Research Interests
Broadly, my research interests include morality, intergroup relations, the psychology of religion, and political psychology. My current research projects are focused on understanding the psychology of blame, including how information regarding a transgressor's personal history influences blame ascriptions. While extant literature on blame focuses on the link between perceptions of the intentionality of the actor and his blameworthiness, we argue that this link can be broken with the perception that the transgressor's negative dispositions were "implanted" and/or that he has suffered. My research also focuses on how perceptions, mindsets, political philosophies, and emotional responses can influence these moral judgments. I think that deepening our understanding of how individuals make moral judgments is a crucial aspect of improving our interpersonal interactions—in particular, how to promote nonviolent and constructive responses to moral transgressors.
Manuscripts in prep
Gill, M. J. & Cerce, S. (in prep) He Never Willed to Will That: Historical Information about an Immoral Actor Attenuates Blame by Altering Particular Free Will Perceptions (Control of Self- Formation), While Leaving Others Intact (Freedom of Action).
Gill, M. J., Cerce, S., & M. R., Andreychik (in prep) Compassion for a Victim or Contempt for a Loser?: Relational Construals Moderate Responses to Uncontrollable Bad Acts.
Conference Presentations
Cerce, S. & Gill, M. (March 2014) Undermining perceptions of “second-order” free will via historical information about a transgressor disconnects perceived intentionality from blame.  Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Cerce, S. & Gill, M. (February 2014) Breaking the link between intentional harm and blame: the role of perceived character implantation. Poster accepted to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
Cerce, S. & Wilder, D. (March 2012) Evolutionary Value of Self-Deception? The Effects of Self- Deception on Ability to Deceive Others. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.
Honors and Awards
Awarded Dale Strohl Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, Lehigh University, 2013
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University, 2011
Graduated with Honors from Rutgers University Psychology Department, 2011
Professional Affiliations:
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Association for Psychological Science
Eastern Psychological Association