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!

  • New research with Jon Schuldt (Cornell Comm), Rainer Romero-Canyas (Environmental Defense Fund and Columbia Psych), Matt Ballew (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), and Dylan Larson-Konar (U Florida) shows diverse segments of the US public underestimate the environmental concerns of groups most at-risk, and most concerned – minorities and low-income groups – an effect we term the environmental belief paradox, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • SCI Lab findings on low diversity in the climate sciences featured on NPR’s Take Two in an interview with Al Gore on the next generation of climate activism and public engagement
  • 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
  • New review with Matt Ballew, Sarah Naiman, and Jon Schuldt shows political polarization on climate change is growing, but not among minorities and lower-SES Americans – groups most vulnerable to environmental impacts
  • 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 elected 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 behavioral science research on stereotyping and discrimination for the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin in amicus brief, here. (*Update* court decision re-affirms use of race-conscious admissions policies in higher education)