Scientific Impact Award

Scientific Impact Award Recipients

The Scientific Impact Award honors the author(s) of a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has proven highly influential over the last 25 years.

Listed below are the previous award winners and their award-winning publications.


Year Recipients Honored Publication
2022 Susan Fiske
Amy Cuddy
Peter Glick
Jun Xu
Fiske, S. T., Cuddy, A. J. C., Glick, P., & Xu, J. (2002). A model of (often mixed) stereotype content: Competence and warmth respectively follow from perceived status and competition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82(6), 878–902.
2021 Sandra Murray
John Holmes
Dale Griffin
Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., & Griffin, D. W. (1996). The benefits of positive illusions: Idealization and the construction of satisfaction in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70(1), 79-98.
2020 Marilyn Brewer 
Wendi Gardner
Brewer, M. B., & Gardner, W. (1996). Who is this "we"? Levels of collective identity and self representations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, 83-93.
2019 Felicia Pratto, Jim Sidanius, Lisa Stallworth, Bertram Malle Pratto, F., Sidanius, J., Stallworth, L. M., & Malle, B. F. (1994). Social dominance orientation: A personality variable predicting social and political attitudes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67(4), 741-763.
2018 Thomas Pettigrew
Linda Tropp
Pettigrew, T. F., & Tropp, L. R. (2006). A meta-analytic test of intergroup contact theory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90(5), 751-783.
2017 Anthony Greenwald
Mahzarin Banaji
Greenwald, A. G., & Banaji, M. R. (1995). Implicit social cognition: Attitudes, self-esteem, and stereotypes. Psychological Review, 102, 4-27.
2016 Claude Steele
Josh Aronson
Steele, C. M., & Aronson, J. (1995). Stereotype threat and the intellectual test performance of african americans. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 797-811.
2015 Roy Baumeister
Mark Leary
Baumeister, R. F., & Leary, M. R. (1995). The need to belong: Desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychological Bulletin, 117, 497-529.
2014 Jennifer Crocker
Brenda Major
Crocker, J., & Major, B. (1989). Social stigma and self-esteem: The self-protective properties of stigma. Psychological review, 96, 608-630.
2013 Shelley E. Taylor
Jonathon Brown
Taylor, S.E., & Brown, J. (1988). Illusion and well-being: A social psychological perspective on mental health. Psychological Bulletin, 103, 193–210.
2012 Cynthia Hazan
Phil Shaver
Hazan, C., & Shaver, P. (1987). Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52(3), 511 – 524.
2011 Patricia Devine Devine, P. G. (1989). Stereotypes and prejudice: Their automatic and controlled components. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 56, 5-18.
2010 Shinobu Kitayama
Hazel Markus
Markus, H. R., & Kitayama, S. (1991). Culture and the self: Implications for cognition, emotion, and motivation. Psychological Review, 98, 224-253.
2009 John T. Cacioppo
Shelly Chaiken
Richard Petty
Petty, R. E., & Cacioppo, J. T. (1986). The Elaboration Likelihood Model of persuasion. In L. Berkowitz (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (Vol. 19, pp. 123-205). New York: Academic Press.

Chaiken, S. (1987). The heuristic model of persuasion. In M. P. Zanna, J. M. Olson, & C. P. Hermann (Eds.). Social influence: The Ontario Symposium (Vol. 5, pp. 3-37). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
2008 Reuben Baron
David Kenny
Baron, R. M., & Kenny, D. A. (1986). The moderator-mediator variable distinction in social psychological research: Conceptual, strategic, and statistical considerations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 1173-1182.
2007 Claude Steele Steele, C. M. (1997). A threat in the air: How stereotypes shape intellectual identity and performance. American Psychologist, 52, 613-629.
2007 John Bargh Bargh, J. (1997). The automaticity of everyday life. In R. S. Wyer (Ed.), Advances in social cognition (Vol. 10, pp. 1-61). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
2006 Ziva Kunda Kunda, Z. (1990). The case for motivated reasoning. Psychological Bulletin, 108, 480-498.