Conor O'Dea

Ryan Ringer

Advisor: Donald Saucier

Description of Research

My theoretical perspective is that, in order to better understand why individuals exhibit prejudice, even though they are aware of societal norms that they should not be prejudiced, we should examine factors that affect the justification as well as the suppression of prejudice. Specifically, my research focuses on situational factors that affect the perceived offensiveness of racial slurs and racial humor and the functions each of these have in interracial interactions. For example, they may be used to disparage individuals belonging to other racial groups (typically in the form of majority group members disparaging minority group members). However, racial slurs and humor may have additional functions that both confront racial prejudice (such as the use the levity surrounding racial humor to be a less aggressive confrontation of prejudice), and allow individuals to cope with racial prejudice (such as the affiliative usage of racial slurs among groups they were once meant to target as a means of affiliation rather than derogation). The overarching goal of my research: to gain a theoretical understanding of when, how, and why prejudice is expressed despite societal norms that vilify it.

Publications

*denotes undergraduate researcher

O’Dea, C. J., &Saucier, D. A. (2016). Negative emotions versus target descriptions: Examining perceptions of racial slurs as expressive or descriptive. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Saucier, D. A., O’Dea, C. J., & Strain, M. L. (2016). The bad, the good, the misunderstood: The social effects of racial humor. Translational Issues in Psychological Sciences. 2(1), 75-85. 

O'Dea, C. J., Miller, S. S., *Andres, E. B., *Ray, M. H., Till, D. F., & Saucier, D. A. (2015). Out of bounds: Factors affecting the perceived offensiveness of racial slurs. Language Sciences, 52, 155-164.

 Saucier, D. A., Till, D. F., Miller, S. S., O'Dea, C. J., & *Andres, E. B. (2015). Slurs against masculinity: Masculine honor beliefs and men's reactions to slurs. Language Sciences, 52, 108-120.

Saucier, D. A., Miller, S. S., Martens, A. L., & O'Dea, C. J. (In press). Overt racism. In A.Blume & A. Czopp (Eds.) Social issues in living color: Challenges and solutions from the perspective of ethnic minority psychology. Praeger. 

Saucier, D. A., Webster, R. J., O’Dea, C. J., & Miller, S. S. (In press). The role of individual differences in inciting anger and social action. In S. C. Cloninger & S. A. Leibo (Eds.) Angry groups and politics: How they change society, and how we can affect their behavior. Praeger. 

Saucier, D. A., Hockett, J. M., O’Dea, C. J., & Miller, S. S. (In press). The racism justification hypothesis and attitudes toward hate crime legislation. In E. Dunbar (Ed.) From hatred to homicide: The psychology of hate crimes and domestic terrorism. Praeger. 

O'Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (Under review). Perceptions of racial slurs used by Blacks toward Whites: Derogation or affiliation? Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. 

O’Dea, C. J., *Castro Bueno, A. M., & Saucier, D. A. (Under review). Fight or flight: Perceptions of men who confront versus ignore threats to themselves and others. Personality and Individual Differences.

 Miller, S. S., Sonnentag, T. L., O’Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (Under review). Opposition to diversity initiatives: Ideological antecedents and threat-based processes. European Journal of Social Psychology. 

O'Dea, C. J., *Zhu, Q., & Saucier, D. A. (Under review). Engaged and upset: Social vigilantism, positive and negative affect, and resistance to attitude challenges. Personality and Individual Differences

Saucier, D. A., Strain, M. L., Till, D. F., & O’Dea, C. J. (Revision invited). “What do you call a Black guy who flies a plane?” Disparagement, confrontation, and failed subversion in the context of racial humor. Humor.

Conference Presentations

*denotes undergraduate researcher

O’Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (Submitted for 2017). Ending the fight now and for all time: Masculine honor and perceptions of what is fair in a physical fight. Poster presentation submitted to the annual meeting of the society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX. 

*Chalman, S., O’Dea, C. J., Broeckelman, A., & Saucier, D. A. (Submitted for 2017). Don’t tread on them: Masculine honor and perceptions of men who defend others from threat. Poster presentation submitted to the annual meeting of the society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX. 

*Castro, A. M., O’Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (Submitted for 2017). Fight or flight: Perceptions of men who confront versus ignore threats to themselves and others. Poster presentation submitted to the annual meeting of the society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX. 

O'Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (2016). Perceptions of racial slurs used by Blacks toward Whites: Derogation or affiliation? Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA. 

*Castro, A. M., *Petersen, M. C., O'Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (2016). Call 'em like you see 'em: Justification of racial slurs against stereotypic versus non-stereotypic targets. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA. 

*Zhu, Q., O'Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (2016). Fight fire with fire: Social vigilantism, negative affect, and social challenge. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA. 

O’Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (2016). Swords and shields: Functions and perceptions of racial slurs. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. 

O'Dea, C. J., Miller, S. S., & Saucier, D. A. (2015). What if they think I'm racist? Factors that affect decisions to discuss diversity initiatives. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

 *Andres, E. B., O'Dea, C. J., Miller, S. S., *Ray, M. H., *Till, D. F., & Saucier, D. A. (2015). Out of bounds: Factors affecting the perceived appropriateness of racial slurs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA. 

O'Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (2015). Should I speak up? Perceptions of individuals who criticize diversity initiatives. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS. 

*Smith, C., O'Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (2015). Negative emotion versus accurate description: Examining perceptions of racial slurs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.

 O’Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (Spring 2015). Should I speak up? Perceptions of individuals who criticize diversity initiatives. Oral presentation at the Kansas State University Graduate Research Forum. 

O’Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (Fall 2015). Social vigilantism and reactions to attitude challenges. Oral presentation at the cognitive social brownbag at Kansas State University. 

O’Dea, C. J., & Saucier, D. A. (Spring 2015). Should I speak up? Perceptions of individuals who criticize diversity initiatives. Oral presentation at the cognitive social brownbag at Kansas State University. 

O’Dea, C. J., Miller, S. S., Sonnentag, T. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2014). Understanding students’ opposition to college diversity initiatives: The role of modern racism and motivated criticisms. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX. 

Miller, S. S., Hockett, J. M., O’Dea, C. J., Till, D. F., & Saucier, D. A. (2014). The role of ambiguity and individual differences in attributions to prejudice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX. 

O’Dea, C. J., Miller, S. S., Andres, E. B., Ray, M. H., Till, D. F., & Saucier, D. A. (Fall 2014). Out of bounds: Factors affecting the perceived offensiveness of racial slurs. Oral presentation at the cognitive social brownbag at Kansas State University. 

O’Dea, C. J., Miller, S. S., Sonnentag, T. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2014). Understanding students’ opposition to college diversity initiatives: The role of modern racism and motivated criticisms. Poster presentation at the Graduate Research Convocation at Kansas State University. 

O’Dea, C. J., Miller, S. S., & Saucier, D. A. (2014). What if they think I’m racist? Factors that affect decisions to discuss diversity initiatives. Oral presentation at the 2014 Kansas State University Department of Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Convocation. 

Larson, A. M., Ringer, R. V., Hutson, J., Peterson, J., Walton, T., O’Dea, C. J., Akao, K., Strouts, P., & Loschky, L. C. (2013). Do scenes facilitate action recognition?  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. 

O’Dea, C. J., Strouts, P., & Lloyd, B. (2013) The time-course of gist for scenes and actions from briefly presented video clips. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Great Plains Student Psychology Conference. 

O’Dea, C. J., Miller, S. S., & Saucier, D. A. (2013). When the fear of looking racist suppresses individuals’ criticisms of diversity initiatives. Oral presentation for the Shanteau Fellowship Committee. 

O’Dea, C. J., Strouts, P., Lloyd, B., & Fiscus, T. (2013). The time-course of gist for scenes and actions from briefly presented video clips. Oral presentation at the 2013 Kansas State University Department of Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Convocation. 

O’Dea, C. J., Larson, A., & Loschky, L. (2012). Scene gist: What is perceived first in a briefly presented scene? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Great Plains Student Psychology Conference. 

O’Dea, C. J., Akao, K., Williams, K., Larson, A., & Loschky, L. (2012). Scene gist: What is perceived first in a briefly presented scene? Oral presentation at the 2012 Kansas State University Department of Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Convocation.

Grants and Awards

Kansas State University Graduate Student Research Forum

2016

Award recipient of $500 in recognition of receiving first place for my oral presentation

 

E. J. Phares Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research                        

2014

Award recipient of $200 presented to one undergraduate per year who has excelled at research in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University

 

Doreen Shanteau Fellowship Recipient    

2013

Awarded $500 to conduct original research on diversity initiatives and how the fear of negative evaluation can suppress positive criticisms during the 2013-2014 school year

 

Great Plains Student Psychology Conference Award    

2013

Awarded Second Place for my presentation on Scene Gist in the Sensation, Perception & Emotion category

 

Great Plains Student Psychology Conference Award

2012

Awarded First Place for my presentation on Scene Gist in the Sensation, Perception & Emotion category

 

Leadership Scholarship Kansas State University                                  

2010

Awarded $3000 for leadership skills as well as ACT scores and GPA          

Teaching Experience

*Denotes graduate level

 

Instructor of Record                           Lifespan Personality Development

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Fall 2016

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant              Personality Psychology

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Fall 2016

 

*Graduate Teaching Assistant            Research Methods and Design I

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Spring 2016

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant              AdvancedPsychological Research Methods

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Spring 2016

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant              Psychology of Organizations

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Spring 2016

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant              Laboratory in Clinical Concepts

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Fall 2015

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant              Psychological Methods

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Fall 2015

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant              Psychological Testing

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Spring 2015

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant              Advanced Social Psychology

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Fall 2014

 

Undergraduate Recitation Instructor     General Psychology

                                                            Kansas State University

                                                            Fall 2013 

Education

BS, 2013, at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas  

Contact Info

Office: BH 599

E-mail: codea@ksu.edu

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