Research in the laboratory focuses on group phenomena. The goal is to understand how people’s thought processes, perceptions of others, and behaviors are affected by being members of a social group/category (e.g., African Americans, gender/sexual minorities, managers). We study these issues from both basic science and applied, public intervention perspectives.
One line of research deals with diversity-related issues. When focusing on basic science, we examine the cognitive processes that are involved in the maintenance of stereotypes and prejudice. When our primary goal is applied science, we design interventions (in schools, companies, etc.) aimed at reducing discrimination and promoting diversity, and test the effectiveness of these interventions.
Another line of research addresses norm transgression and uncivil behaviors. When interested in basic processes, we study how individuals and group members perceive (and react to) norm transgressions of others. From an applied perspective, we develop interventions that effectively reduce incivilities and promote pro-social, ethical behaviors.
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