Principal Investigator

Adam R. Pearson, Ph.D. [CV]

Adam Pearson 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, an M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. from Yale University.  His research examines how people navigate diverse environments, with a particular interest in the role of non-conscious processes in social perception and communication.  At Pomona, he teaches Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, and Research Methods, and seminars on contemporary prejudice and writing in psychology. When not pondering sources of intergroup conflict, he can be found enjoying Southern Cal craft beers and searching for new york-style pizza.  email: adam.pearson (at)

Lab Members

Madeleine DeMeules is a senior from Minneapolis, MN, and is the SCI Lab Coordinator.  She is double majoring in psychology and spanish at Pomona College. After Pomona, Maddy is considering both teaching and research as possible career options.

Email:  mrd02010 (at)

Kristin Brikmanis is a senior at Pomona College majoring in psychology and minoring in biology and recently returned from studying in Prague. After globe-trotting, she plans to attend either medical school or pursue a career in research.

Jessica Liu is a junior from Alamo, California. She is planning on majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry.  When not contemplating the intricate workings of the social and physical world, she is playing softball for the Pomona-Pitzer sagehens.

CharmaineCharmaine Garzon is a sophomore from San Francisco. She is double majoring in psychology and sociology, with a minor in Spanish (her first language). Upon graduation, Charmaine is interested in becoming an immigration attorney.

Jun ParkJun Park is a sophomore from Federal Way, Washington. He is planning on majoring in Psychology at Pomona College. When not pondering the roots of human social behavior, Jun can often be found devouring Canada’s underappreciated ketchup chips.

Danielle HolsteinDanielle Holstein is a junior from Seattle, WA.  Danielle majors in Philosophy, and is interested in experimental philosophy and social cognition. She loves baking desserts, but admittedly loves eating them far more.

KajungHongKajung (KJ) Hong is a sophomore at Pomona and hails from Seoul, South Korea. She is planning to major in psychology and philosophy and wants to become a psychologist. She loves exploring but also enjoys studying and living in the Claremont bubble!

clairebrown2Claire Brown is a junior from Silver Spring, MD (just two blocks from DC). Claire majors in psychology at Pomona College. Aside from contemplating the fascinating implications of social psychology in everyday life, she spends copious hours at Haldeman pool as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer swim team (go sagehens!)

daniel-choiDaniel Choi is a junior from Irvine, CA. He is double majoring in Psychology and Media Studies and hopes to study the intersection between the two fields. In his free time, Daniel serves as musical director and co-president of his competitive a cappella group, the After School Specials!

Friends and collaborators:

  • Jack Dovidio (Yale)
  • Tessa West (NYU)
  • Samuel Gaertner (U Delaware)
  • Nicole Shelton (Princeton)
  • Felicia Pratto (U Connecticut)
  • Tamar Saguy (IDC, Herzliya)
  • Curtis Phills (University of North Florida)
  • Jonathon Schuldt (Cornell, Dept of Communication)
  • Michael Kukenberger (UNH, School of Management)
  • Rene Kopietz (U Münster)
  • Olivier Klein (U Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Michael Diercks (Pomona, Linguistics)
  • Piercarlo Valdesolo (Claremont McKenna College)