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 two main questions: (1) What motivates us to seek or avoid contact with members of other social groups?; and (2) how do social identities and group memberships impact how we perceive and respond to societal and global challenges, like climate change? To explore these questions, we use a variety of methods, including laboratory and field experiments, probability surveys, and dyadic and longitudinal analytical approaches.

SCI Lab News!

  • SCI Lab research on the diversity crisis in environmental science, and its implications for public health, covered by Grist and Mother Jones
  • 2017 SESP Groups Preconference, co-organized by Adam, Kyle Ratner, Kim Rios, and Jonathan Kunstman, speaker lineup announced, with a competitive data blitz featuring advanced grad students and postdocs
  • Comprehensive review of racial, ethnic, gender, and class differences in climate change attitudes, beliefs, and public engagement shows political polarization on climate change is increasing, but only for socioeconomically advantaged groups (Whites and Americans with higher income and education levels)
  • SCI Lab research shows brief exposure to an image of Pope Francis heightens Americans’ moral beliefs about climate change and support for mitigation policies
  • SCI Lab graduate Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen joins the Morality Lab at Boston College to work on the neuroscience of moral judgment. Congratulations, Josh!
  • Adam is elected a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  • SCI Lab partners with TIME Labs, TIME magazine’s new interactive data journalism website, to explore Americans’ beliefs about public consensus on major issues ranging from climate change to gun safety. See results of our recent survey on social perceptions of gun safety here
  • Adam receives an Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association
  • SCI Lab research showing that non-Whites’ beliefs about climate change are less politically polarized compared to Whites covered by Huffington Post
  • Adam joins social and organizational psychologists, organized by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, to review behavioral science research on stereotyping and diversity for Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin (amicus brief here). *Update* Landmark Supreme Court decision re-affirms use of race-conscious admissions