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!

  • Current and former SCI Lab members Rachel Song and Daniel Choi head to Stanford to join Stanford SPARQ and Stanford Graduate School of Business Behavioral Lab, respectively, as their new lab managers beginning summer 2018. Congratulations Rachel and Daniel!
  • SCI Lab research on the lack of diversity in the environmental sciences, and its implications for public health, covered by Grist, Mother Jones, and Salon
  • 2017 SESP Groups Preconference, co-organized by Adam, Kyle Ratner, Kim Rios, and Jonathan Kunstman, speaker lineup announced
  • Comprehensive review with Matt Ballew, Sarah Naiman, and Jon Schuldt 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
  • Adam is elected a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  • SCI Lab partners with TIME Labs, TIME magazine’s interactive data journalism website, and the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab, to explore Americans’ beliefs about public consensus on major social issues. See results from our survey on social perceptions of gun safety here
  • Adam receives an Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association
  • Adam joins team of psychologists, organized by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, to review the latest behavioral science research on stereotyping and discrimination for the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin (co-authored amicus brief here). (*Update* Landmark decision re-affirms use of race-conscious admissions policies in higher education)