Principal Investigator

Adam Pearson, Ph.D. (CV), is an assistant professor of psychology at Pomona College and member of the graduate faculty in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. He received a B.S. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University. His research explores how people navigate diversity, with a particular interest in the role of nonconscious processes in social interaction and perception. His work also examines how diversity and intergroup relations impact how people think about cooperative challenges like climate change. He teaches introductory psychology, social psychology, research methods, and seminars on social identity and contemporary prejudice. When not pondering sources of intergroup conflict, he can be found enjoying craft beers and hiking with his lab-shepherd mix, Richard Parker. Email: adam.pearson (at)

Lab Members

Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen is a junior Psychology major and Philosophy minor from Gainesville, Florida, and is the SCI Lab Coordinator. His interests often fall at the intersection of philosophy and psychology, such as questions that relate to dual process frameworks of morality, evolution of religion, and the influence of religious ideas on behavior. He is also broadly interested in the ways in which technology may interact with and shape psychology and culture.

CharmaineCharmaine Garzon is a senior from San Francisco. She is double majoring in psychology and sociology, with a minor in Spanish (her first language). After graduation, Charmaine will be flexing her social psychology skills as a member of Google’s People Operations.

Jun ParkJun Park is a senior psychology major from Federal Way, Washington. After graduating, Jun plans to pursue graduate studies in social psychology and organizational behavior. When not pondering the roots of human social behavior, Jun can be found devouring Canada’s under-appreciated ketchup chips.

Andrea Green is a junior from Arlington, Virginia. Andrea is majoring in Psychology with a possible minor in Politics. When she is not thinking about psychology, Andrea can be found attempting to play the guitar and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Helena Shannon is a Pomona sophomore from New York City. She is majoring in Cognitive Science with a Minor in Philosophy. In her free time, she writes as the Science Columnist for The Student Life, and serves as liaison for the Philosophy Dept. (see her writing skills in action, here, covering topics from the science of creepiness to the ant superwar beneath our feet!)

Matthew Ballew is a 4th year social psychology Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University. Matt’s research interests center around understanding people’s sense of connection to groups, communities, and the natural world. His current research explores how social media can be used to enhance public engagement with environmental issues. Additional projects include field studies exploring effects of science exposure on implicit attitudes about nature, in collaboration with the L.A. Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Forest Service, and studies in the SCI Lab exploring how inequality and intergroup relations shape collective action on climate change.

Recent collaborators:

  • Jack Dovidio (Yale)
  • Tessa West (NYU)
  • Samuel Gaertner (U Delaware)
  • Jonathon Schuldt (Cornell Dept. of Communication)
  • Rainer Romero-Caynas (Environmental Defense Fund)
  • Sander van der Linden (Princeton Woodrow Wilson School)
  • Nicole Shelton (Princeton)
  • Felicia Pratto (U Connecticut)
  • Michael Kukenberger (UNH School of Management)
  • Jessie Borelli (Pomona Psychology)
  • Shlomi Sher (Pomona Psychology