Sheila Brownlow, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology
Catawba College
2300 W. Innes St. Salisbury, NC 28144



PhD – Psychology. Brandeis University, 1990

BA – Psychology. University of  Massachusettsat Boston, 1984


Department of PsychologyCatawba College, August, 1990‐present

  • Assistant Professor   1990‐1996
  • Associate Professor  1996‐1999
  • Professor   1999‐present

Research Interest

  • Performance and efficacy in science, math, and spatial skills as a function of sex.
  • Emotional content of natural language on social media.
  • Influences of implicit egotism on self‐concept and self-enhancement.
  • Social and developmental consequences of body build, gait, facial configuration, and vocal patterns.
  • Influence of contractive spaces on ego-depletion, self-enhancement, prejudice, and self-perceptions.

Scientific Activities

Honors and Awards:

  • Trustee Award for Outstanding Contribution to the College, 2016
  • Winner of the Swink Award for outstanding classroom teaching, 2002
  • Jefferson‐Pilot Endowed Chair, 2006‐2008
  • Tri‐Delta Award for Service to the College, 2015
  • “Top tenmust‐take” psychology professors in the Charlotte N Care, via“ Careers in Psychology ” 2016

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Psychological Association, member
  • Psi Chi, member since 1994
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology, member
  • Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, member
  • Southeastern Psychological Association, member
  • “Who’s Who”in America, American Women, and Science and Technology


1. Brownlow S,BeachJC,Silver NC. Howsocial status influences “affect language” in Tweets.  Psychology and Cognitive Sciences. 2017; 3(4): 100-104. doi: 10.17140/PCSOJ-3-130
2. Burris KM, Brownlow S, Lins KC.Does fitness priming influencese lf‐and other‐ judgments of personal and physical characteristics? Psi Chi Journal. 2016; 21(4): 241‐251. doi: 10.24839/2164-8204.JN21.4.241
3. BeachJC,Greene MD, Brownlow S, Silver NC. The “I”s have it: Sex and social status differences on Twitter.Social Behavior Research and Practice. 2016; 1(1): 17‐21.  doi: 10.17140/SBRPOJ/1/104
4. Ryan LR, Brownlow S, Patterson B. Women’s mental rotation abilities as a function of priming. Psychology. 2015; 6(1): 217‐222. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.63021
5. Robinson SC, Brownlow S. Determinants of proenvironmental attitudes in college students. British Journal of Education, Society,and Behavioral Science. 2015; 5(1): 38‐49. doi: 10.9734/BJESBS/2015/12152
6. KanoyA, Brownlow S, Sowers TF. Can rewards obviate stereo type threat effects on mental rotation tasks? Psychology.20112; 3(7): 542‐547. doi: 10.4236/psych.2012.37080
7. Brownlow S, Janas AJ, Blake KA, Rebadow KT, Mellon LM. Getting by with a little help from my friends: Mental rotation ability after tacit peer encouragement. Psychology. 2011; 2(4): 363‐370. doi: 10.4236/psych.2011.24057
8. Davison JL, Schneider DI, Brownlow S. Name cuesto race and ethnicity affect mock jury decisions. Psi Chi Journal. 2010; 15: 76‐83.
9. Brownlow S, Valentine SE, Owusu A. Women athletes’ mental rotation under Stereotypic threat. Percept Mot Skills. 2009; 107: 307‐316. doi: 10.2466/pms.107.1.307-316
10. Brownlow S, Attea MF, Makransky JA, Lopez AO. Name letter matching and implicit egotism: Friends as self‐extensions.Social Behavior and Personality. 2007; 35: 1‐11. doi: 10.2224/sbp.2007.35.4.525
11. Balentine CB, Brownlow S. Does making salient task relevance to group affiliation decrease the performance of men athletes on spatial tasks? Psi Chi Journal. 2006; 11: 37‐44.
12. Attea MF, Brownlow S. Implicit egotism as a function of need for uniqueness and self‐acceptance. Psi Chi Journal. 2005; 10: 83‐89.
13. Kilby MA, Brownlow S. Toss salt and touch a hunchback: The influence of sex and peer group on superstition. Psi Chi Journal. 1998; 3: 74‐84.
14. Brownlow S, McPheron TK, Acks CN. Science background and spatial labilities in men and women. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2003; 12: 371‐380. doi: 10.1023/B:JOST.0000
15. Brownlow S, Rosamond JA, Parker JA. Linguistic and paralinguistic behaviour in television interviews. Sex Roles. 2003; 49: 121‐133.
16. Brownlow S, Miderski CA. How gender and college chemistry experience influence mental rotation abilities. Themes in Education. 2002; 3: 133‐140.
17. Brownlow S, Smith TJ, Ellis BR. How science interest negatively influences perceptions of women. Journal of Science Education and Technology. 2002; 11: 135‐144. doi: 10.1023/A:101461342
18. Scali RM, Brownlow S. Influence of  instructional manipulation and stereotype activation on sex differences in spatial task performance. Psi Chi Journal. 2001; 6: 3‐13. doi: 10.24839/1089-4136.JN6.1.3
19. Brownlow S, Jacobi T, Rogers MI. Science anxiety as a function of gender and experience. Sex Roles. 2000; 42: 119‐131. doi: 10.1023/A:1007040529319
20. Brownlow S, Reasinger RD. Putting off until tomorrow what is better done today: Academic procrastination as a function of motivation toward college work. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality. 2000; 15: 15‐34.
21. Gunsch MA, Brownlow S, Haynes SE, Mabe Z. Differential linguistic content of various forms of political advertising. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. 2000; 44: 27-42.
22. Scali RM, Brownlow S, Hicks J. Gender differences in spatial task performance as a function of speed or accuracy orientation. Sex Roles. 2000; 43: 359‐376. doi: 10.1023/A:102669931
23. Walter KD, Roberts AE, Brownlow S. Sex differences in mental rotation and other spatial abilities as measured through trans cranial Doppler sonography. Journal of Psychophysiology. 2000; 14: 37‐45.
24. Kilby MA, Brownlow S. Toss salt and touch a hunchback: The influence of sex and peer group on superstition. Psi Chi Journal. 1998; 3: 74‐84. doi: 10.1027//0269-8803.14.1.37
25. Brownlow S, Whitener R, Rupert JM. “I’ll take gender differences for $1000!” Domain‐specific intellectual success on Jeopardy. Sex Roles. 1998; 38: 269‐285. doi: 10.1023/A:1018789201377
26. Walter KD, Brownlow S, Ervin SL, Williamson N. Something in the way she moves: The impact of shoe‐alteredgaitontra it perceptions of women. Psi Chi Journal. 1998; 3: 163‐169.
27. Brownlow S. Going the extra mile: There wards of publishing your under graduate research. Invited editorial in. Psi Chi Journal. 1997; 2: 83‐85.
28. Brownlow S, Dixon AR, Egbert CA, Radcliffe RD. Perceptions of movement and dancer characteristics from point‐light displays of dance. The Psychological Record. 1997; 47: 411‐421. doi: 10.1007/BF03395235
29. Brownlow S, Durham S. Sex differences in the use of science and technology in children’s cartoons. Journal of Science Education and Technology. 1997; 6: 103‐110. doi: 10.1023/A:1025661830339
30. Brownlow S, Gilbert NM, Reasinger RD. Motivation, personality preferences, and interests in college students. Journal of Psychological Practice. 1997; 3: 128‐148.
31. Lyerly CC, Smith SM, Brownlow S. Looking for love in all the wrong places: Sex and race differences in mate selection through the personal ads. Psi Chi Journal. 1996; 1: 15‐25.
32. Shaneberger D, Williamson N, Brownlow S. ….And justice for all? The effect of name cues to race on judicial decisions. Psi Chi Journal. 1996; 1: 2‐9.
33. Copley JE, Brownlow S. The interactive effects of facial maturity and name warmth on perceptions of job candidates. Basic and Applied Social Psychology. 1995; 16: 251‐265. doi: 10.1207/s15324834basp1601&2_15
34. Brownlow S. Seeing is believing: Facial appearance, credibility, and attitude change. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 1992; 16: 101‐115. doi: 10.1007/BF00990325
35. Zebrowitz LA, Brownlow S, Olson K. Baby talk to the baby faced. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 1992; 16: 143‐158. doi: 10.1007/BF00988031
36. Brownlow S, Zebrowitz LA. Facial appearance, gender, and credibility in television commercials. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 1990; 14: 51‐60. doi: 10.1007/BF01006579
37. Berry DS, Brownlow S. Were the physiognomists right? Personality correlates of ficial babyishness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 1989; 15: 266‐279. doi: 10.1177/0146167289152013