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

SCI Lab News!

  • New review of racial, ethnic, gender, and class differences in climate change attitudes, beliefs, and public engagement featured in ORE Climate Science shows growing political polarization on climate change, but only among more economically advantaged groups (Whites with higher income and higher education levels)
  • New 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 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 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 reviewing the latest behavioral science research on stereotyping and diversity for the U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin, organized by the U.C. Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Equal Justice Society (amicus brief here). (*Update*: Landmark decision reaffirms use of race-conscious admissions)
  • SCI Lab members Charmaine Garzon and Jun Park join Google People Operations and the Yale School of Management’s Organizational Behavior doctoral program. Congratulations Charmaine and Jun!