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 group memberships and social identities impact how we perceive and respond to 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 teams with TIME Labs, Time magazine’s new interactive data journalism website, and the Princeton Social and Environmental Decision Making Lab 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. To participate in phase 1 of the survey, click here!
  • Adam to receive a 2016 APA Early Career Achievement Award in Denver!
  • 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 joins a team of social and organizational psychologists filing an amicus brief reviewing the latest behavioral science research on 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 Supreme Court decision reaffirms importance of diversity in higher education)
  • SCI Lab graduating senior Charmaine Garzon accepts a position in Google’s People Operations and SCI lab senior Jun Park is accepted into the organizational behavior PhD program at the Yale School of Management. Congratulations Charmaine and Jun!
  • SCI Lab research by Adam and Jon Schuldt (Cornell) 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)