Welcome to the Pomona Social Cognition & Interaction Lab!

Work in our lab explores how group memberships shape how we think about, interact with, and relate to other people. Much of our research is guided by three often interrelated questions: (1) What motivates us to seek or avoid contact with members of other social groups? (2) how are intergroup relations shaped by everyday social interactions?; and (3) how do social identities and group memberships impact how we perceive and respond to societal and global challenges? To explore these questions, we use a variety of methods, including laboratory and field experiments, national-level probability surveys, and dyadic and longitudinal approaches.

SCI Lab News!

  • New SCI Lab research showing that non-Whites’ beliefs about climate change are less politically polarized in the U.S. compared to the beliefs of Whites covered by the Huffington Post
  • Adam to receive 2016 APA Early Career Achievement Award at the APA convention in Denver in August
  • Adam joins a team of social and organizational psychologists to file an amicus brief reviewing the latest behavioral science research on diversity in higher education for Fisher v. University of Texas, an affirmative action case before the U.S. Supreme Court. For more on the brief, organized by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Equal Justice Society, see here
  • SCI Lab member Charmaine Garzon accepts a full-time position in Google People Operations, starting summer 2016. Congratulations, Charmaine!
  • SCI Lab research by Adam and Jon Schuldt (Cornell U Dept of Communication) on a curious way that we think about food, dubbed “nutrient-centrism,” covered by Time and New York Magazine
  • Registration is now open for the 28th Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology, “Diversity Science,” co-organized by Adam and Jenessa Shapiro (UCLA). Speaker lineup here
  • Adam and Jon Schuldt’s work on how groups shape how we think about sustainability is featured in SPSP news (here and here)