Welcome to the Pomona Social Cognition & Interaction Lab!
The challenges of racial, ethnic, and cross-cultural integration are among some of the most contentious and complex of the 21st century. Work in our lab explores how dynamics of everyday interactions impact intergroup relations. Much of our research is guided by two interrelated questions: (1) Why do people seek or avoid intergroup contact?; and (2) How do social categories and social identities shape our attitudes, impressions, motivations, and beliefs in everyday social interactions? To explore these and other questions, we use a variety of methods, including laboratory and field experiments, and dyadic and longitudinal approaches.
SCI Lab News!
- SCI Lab welcomes two new members for fall 2013: Claire Brown and Jenny Muniz! See the “People” link for more on our members
- SCI Lab is now equipped for observational research from Noldus Labs! See the “facilities/equipment” link for details
- Former lab member and new graduate Kirk Vandergrift ’12 accepted a research assistantship in the Emotion, Health and Psychophysiology Lab at UCSF. Congratulations, Kirk!
- Adam and Jack Dovidio presented their work on intergroup fluency at the Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology in July. For a “hot-off-the-press” overview, see here
Upcoming Symposia and Talks:
Pearson, A. R., & Shapiro, J. R. (Co-Chairs). Diversity: Science and practice. The Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology, Claremont, CA, March, 2014.
Pearson, A. R., & Schuldt, J. P. (Co-Chairs). The sociality of sustainability: How (and when) groups impact environmental cognition and behavior. SPSP, Austin, TX, February, 2014.
Pearson, A. R., West, T. V., & Stern, C. (February, 2014). Motivational mindsets in intergroup interaction: The role of perceived anxiety in contact avoidance. SPSP, Austin, TX.
Pearson, A. R., & West, J. (February, 2014). Does Green = White? Race and the face of environmentalism. SPSP, Austin, TX.
Kukenberger, M., & Pearson, A. R. (May, 2014). How stereotypes and diversity cues shape individual and team leadership. SIOP, Honolulu, HI.