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 questions: (1) What motivates us to seek or avoid contact with members of other social groups?; (2) How do group memberships and social identities shape how we perceive and interact with other people?; and (3) How do our social perceptions shape how we respond to major societal and global challenges? To explore these questions, we use a variety of methods, including lab and field experiments, national-level probability surveys, and dyadic and longitudinal analytical approaches.

SCI Lab News!

  • SCI Lab partners with TIME Labs, TIME magazine’s new interactive data journalism website, to explore Americans’ beliefs about scientific, political, and public consensus on major social issues, from climate change to gun safety, and how they inform private attitudes. See results from our recent survey on social perceptions around gun safety here!
  • Adam to receive a 2016 APA Early Career Achievement Award in Denver!
  • SCI Lab research showing that non-Whites’ beliefs about climate change are less politically polarized compared to Whites covered by Huffington Post
  • Adam joins team of social and organizational psychologists filing an amicus brief reviewing the latest behavioral science research on stereotyping and diversity for Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin. For more on the brief, organized by the U.C. Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Equal Justice Society, see here. (Update!: Landmark decision reaffirms use of race-conscious admissions and importance of diversity in higher ed)
  • SCI Lab member Charmaine Garzon accepts position in Google People Operations and SCI lab member Jun Park is accepted into the Yale School of Management’s Org. Behavior PhD program. Congratulations Charmaine and Jun!
  • SCI Lab research 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. (See the speaker lineup here)
  • Adam and Jon Schuldt’s work on how groups shape how we think about sustainability featured in SPSP news (here and here)