Dr. Ito received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Southern California in 1995, and completed postdoctoral work in the Social Neuroscience Lab at the Ohio State University. She joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 1998. Dr. Ito's research addresses social psychological issues using a multi-level approach that integrates social psychological and neuroscience perspectives. Her research focuses in particular on issues related to prejudice, affect, attitudes, and emotion. Recent projects have used event-related brain potentials to measure affective and cognitive processes associated with person perception, including issues such as dissociations between what people are willing and able to report, early social categorization processes, and mechanisms by which prejudice and stereotype activation are detected and inhibited. Other research focuses on understanding the neural, social, cognitive, and genetic factors that influence adolescent marijuana use.
Ito, T.A., & Urland, G.R. (2003). Race and gender on the brain: Electrocortical measures of attention to race and gender of multiply categorizable individuals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 616-626.
Ito, T.A., & Bartholow, B.D. (2009). The neural correlates of race. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 524-531.
Miyake, A., Kost-Smith, L.E., Finkelstein, N.D., Pollock, S.J., Cohen, G.L., & Ito, T.A. (2010). Reducing the gender achievement gap in college science: A classroom study of values affirmation. Science, 330, 1234-1237.