James Wages, Ph.D.

Psychological Scientist


The following news and blog posts detail the major updates, media coverage of research, and accomplishments by members of the RISC Lab.

Feb 3, 2023

Invited Talk to Texas Tech

I gave an invited research presentation, entitled Wise Paths and Rash Pitfalls to Human Flourishing, to the Texas Tech University Institute for Inclusive Excellence and the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center.

Jul 15, 2022

New Publication

I am excited to announce that my recent collaborative work on the social psychological benefits of attending HBCU medical schools is published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine! (Link)

Apr 28, 2022

Skylar inducted into Psi Chi

Honors student Skylar Brooks was inducted in the international honors society in psychology Psi Chi! Congrats!

Apr 12, 2022

Campus News (media coverage)

UCA Director of Communications Katrina Dupins writes a story about my research. (Link)

Mar 11, 2022

Congratulations to Madison

Congratulations to former RISC Lab member Madison Yarbrough for being elected as the undergraduate officer representative to the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA)! (Link)

Feb 20, 2022

PsyPost (media coverage)

Journalist Eric W. Dolan writes a story about my recent research on racial stereotypes of risk-taking in PsyPost. (Link)

Feb 16, 2022

SPSP Data Blitz

I presented a virtual Data Blitz on the Perceptions of Environmental Risk-taking to the Sustainability preconference at the 2022 annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).  (Link)

Feb 11, 2022

Medill Report (media coverage)

Northwestern Medill graduate student journalist MacKenzie Coffman writes a story about my work on racial stereotypes of risk and racial bias in science. (Link)

Jan 1, 2022

Madison and Niyah to Present at SWPA

Former RISC Lab members Madison Yarbrough and Niyah Lane will present a research poster titled at the 2022 annual convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Dec 6, 2021

Diverse Issues in Higher Education (media coverage)

Journalist Jon Edelman writes about my recent publication of racial stereotypes regarding risk-taking in the outlet Diverse Issues in Higher Education. (Link)

Dec 1, 2021

Northwestern Now (media coverage)

Journalist Stephanie Kulke writes a story about my research that finds that racial stereotypes to shape perceptions of risk-takers in Northwestern Now.  (Link)

Nov 15, 2021

New JPSP Publication

Thrilled announcement time: My original work on racial stereotypes of risk-taking has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.! (Link)

Aug 19, 2021

The RISC Lab Launches

Milestone moment! I have officially launched the Research in Social Cognition (RISC) Lab at UCA! The acronym "RISC" is a play on a theme of risk in my research program.  (Link)

Aug 16, 2021

New Beginnings

Big news: I have officially started a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas! I am very excited to join the psychology, UCA, and Conway communities. Go Bears! (Link)


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