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Judith Langlois

Judith Langlois

Professor Langlois has research interests in social development and social information processing, infant development, the effects of individual characteristics (physical appearance, gender, age) on the differential socialization of males and females and on the development of social behavior, the origin of social stereotypes, and the development of social competence.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Gender Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:


  • Swann, W.B, Langlois, J.H., & Gilbert, L.A. (Eds.). Sexism and sterotyping in modern society. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1999.

Journal Articles:

  • Griffin, A.M., & Langlois, J.H. (2006). Stereotype directionality and attractiveness stereotyping: Is beauty good or is ugly bad? Social Cognition, 24, 187-206.
  • Kalick, S.M., Zebrowitz, L.A., Langlois, J.H., & Johnson, R.M. (1998). Does human facial attractiveness honestly advertise health? Longitudinal data on an evolutionary question. Psychological Science, 9, 8-13.
  • Langlois, J.H., Kalakanis, L., Rubenstein, A.J., Larson, A., Hallam, M., & Smoot, M. (2000). Maxims or myths of beauty? A meta-analytic and theoretical review. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 390-423.
  • Langlois, J.H., Ritter, J.M., Casey, R.C., & Sawin, D.B. (1995). Infant attractiveness predicts maternal behavior and attitudes. Developmental Psychology, 31, 464-472 (longitudinal study of 150 mothers and infants).
  • Langlois, J. H., & Roggman, L. A. (1990). Attractive faces are only average. Psychological Science, 1, 115-121.
  • Langlois, J. H., Roggman, L. A., & Rieser-Danner, L. A. (1990). Infants' differential social responses to attractive and unattractive faces. Developmental Psychology, 26, 153-159.
  • Langlois, J.H., Roggman, L.R., & Musselman, L. (1994). What’s average and not average about attractive faces? Psychological Science, 5, 214-220.
  • Ramsey, J.L. & Langlois, J.H. (2006). Infants’ differential processing of female and male faces. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 59-62.
  • Ramsey, J.L., Langlois, J.H., Hoss, R.A., Rubenstein, A.J., Griffin, A. (2004). Origins of a Stereotype: Categorization of Facial Attractiveness by 6-Month-Old Infants. Developmental Science, 7, 201-211.
  • Ramsey, J.L., Langlois, J.H., Marti, C.N. (2005). Infant categorization of faces: Ladies first. Developmental Review, 25, 212-246.
  • Ramsey, J. & Langlois, J.H. (2002). Effects of the "beauty is good" stereotype on children's information processing. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 81, 320-340.
  • Rubenstein, A.R., Kalakanis, L.A., & Langlois, J.H. (1999). Infant Preferences for Attractive Faces: A Cognitive Explanation. Developmental Psychology, 35, 848-855.

Other Publications:

  • Hoss, R. A. & Langlois, J.H. (2003). Infants Prefer Attractive Faces. In Pascalis, O. & Slater, A. (Eds.). The development of face processing in infancy and early childhood (pp 27-38). Nova Science.
  • Rubenstein, A.J., Langlois, J.H., & Roggman, L. (2001). What makes a face attractive and why? Lead Chapter in Rhodes, G. & Zebrowitz, L. (Eds.), Advances in visual cognition (pp. 1-33). Ablex.

Judith Langlois
Department of Psychology
University of Texas
1 University Station
Austin, Texas 78712
United States

  • Phone: (512) 471-9916
  • Fax: (512) 471-6175

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