ASSILAMEHOU-KUNZ Yvette

Current position

  • Assistant professor in Social Psychology (Maîtresse de conférences)
  • Teacher at the Institute of Communication and Media, University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
  • Assistant-Director of the Irméccen, University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
  • Associate Member of the Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale : Contextes et régulation (Université Descartes Paris 5)

Research interests

My research focuses on psychosocial determinants of social inequalitites. A first part of my work grounds in the field of social psychology of language and aims at examining the role of language use in intergroup relations. A second part of my work examines the role of ideologies in gender, ethnic and social class discriminations.

Keywords: language, communication, linguistic intergroup bias, intergroup bias, intergroup relations, stereotypes, prejudice, disciminations, sexism, racism, social norms, ideologies, subtle bias, glass cliff, social inequalities, social media.

Research projects

Social psychology of langage

  • Normative approach of the Linguistic intergroup bias, in collaboration with Benoît Testé, University Rennes 2)
  • Cross-cultural study of the effects of labels for immigrants, in collaboration with Sylvie Graf (Coordinator, University of Bern, Switzerland) Mauro Bianchi (Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias Lisbon, Portugal) , Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste, Italy), Fabio Fasoli (University of Surrey, UK), Eerika Finell (University of Tampere, Finland), Mark Rubin (The University of Newcastle, Australia), Sabine Sczesny (University of Bern, Switzerland) , Marie Gustafsson Sendén (Södertörn University, Sweden) and Soraya Shamloo (University of Trieste, Italy)

Ideologies and discrimination

  • Gender inequality in the public and private spheres: The role of intensive mothering ideology, in collaboration with Catherine Verniers (Coordinator, University Paris Descartes) and Virginie Bonnot (University Paris Descartes). Project funded by Cité du Genre (Université Sorbonne Paris Cité – USPC, 2017-2018).
  • The political glass cliff, in collaboration with Carla Kulich (Coordinator, University of Geneva), Vincenzo Iacoviello (University of Geneva) and Cristina Aeleneï (University Paris Descartes)
  • Sexism in Youtubers’ seduction advices videos, in collaboration with Julien Mésengeau (University Sorbonne Nouvelle). Project included in the research program of the Irméccen Politique des Youtubeurs

Publications

Peer-reviewed journals articles

Assilaméhou-Kunz, Y., Postmes, T., & Testé, B. (accepted). A normative approach of the linguistic intergroup bias: How intragroup approval of ingroup members who use the LIB enhances explicit intergroup bias. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2013). The effects of linguistic abstraction on evaluations of the speaker in an intergroup context: Using the Linguistic Intergroup Bias makes you a good group member. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 113–119.

Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2013). How you describe a group shows how biased you are: Language abstraction and inferences about a speaker’s communicative intentions and attitudes toward a group. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32, 202–211.

Assilaméhou, Y., Lepastourel, N., & Testé, B. (2013). How the Linguistic Intergroup Bias affects group perception: Effects of language abstraction on generalization to the group. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153, 98–108.

Testé, B., Maisonneuve, C., Assilaméhou, Y. and Perrin, S. (2012). What is an “appropriate” migrant? Impact of the adoption of meritocratic worldviews by potential newcomers on their perceived ability to integrate into a Western society. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 263–268. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1844

Paper presentations

Assilaméhou-Kunz Y., & Testé, B. (2019, June, accepted). To what extent is the linguistic intergroup bias a subtle bias?, EASP Meeting: Language Challenges in the 21st Century, Warsaw, Poland.

Assilaméhou-Kunz, Y., Postmes, T., & Testé, B. (2017, July). Approval of subtle linguistic bias influences perception of ingroup norms and expression of intergroup bias. Symposium “How linguistic biases impact social processes”, 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Granada, Spain.

Assilaméhou-Kunz, Y., Iacoviello, V. & Kulich, C (2016, July). Où veut-on des candidats appartenant aux minorités ethniques en france ? La falaise de verre en politique. Symposium « Quand l’image du bon leader s’écarte du prototype », 11ème Congrès International de Psychologie Sociale en Langue Française, Geneva, Switzerland.

Assilaméhou, Y., Brugaillères, P. & Testé, B. (2014, August). Le biais linguistique intergroupe comme marqueur social : effets de l’utilisation du langage sur la catégorisation du locuteur. 10ème Congrès International de Psychologie Sociale en Langue Française, Paris, France.

Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2014, July). When the use of subtle linguistic bias enhances the explicit expression of intergroup bias. 17th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2014, July). How social reactions toward subtle linguistic bias can influence the explicit expression of intergroup bias. Symposium “Language, group perception and intergroup relations”, 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France.

Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2013, June). Re-examining the role of the linguistic intergroup bias in maintenance of prejudice from a normative perspective. European Association of Social Psychology Medium-sized Meeting on Intergroup Conflict: the Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Consequences of Communication, Soesterberg, the Netherland.

Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2013, June). Comment l’utilisation de biais linguistiques subtils peut influencer l’expression explicite de biais intergroupes? 11ème Congrès Jeunes Chercheurs en Psychologie Sociale, Nîmes, France.

Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2012, July). Une approche normative de la communication en contexte intergroupe : Pour être vu comme un bon membre de groupe, utilisez le biais linguistique intergroupe! 9ème Congrès International de Psychologie Sociale en Langue Française, Porto, Portugal.

Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2012, June). When using of linguistic abstraction leads to a speaker being seen as a good member: Examining the linguistic intergroup bias from a normative perspective. 13th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Leeuwarden, the Netherland.

Lepastourel, N., Assilaméhou, Y., & Testé, B. (2009, June). Linguistic Intergroup Bias in mass media: Effects on reception. 3e Colloque International Psychologie Sociale et Communication, Tarbes, France.

Scientific reviewing activities

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for peer-reviewed jounals : Communication Research, Psychological Science, International Review of Social Psychology, European Review of Applied Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Psychologie Française, Savoirs en Prisme
  • Monograph chapter : Psychologie de la discrimination et des préjugés (2018) edited by K. Faniko, D. Bourguinon, O. Sarrasin and S. Guimond