Welcome to the Pomona Social Cognition & Interaction Lab

Work in our lab uses behavioral science methods and theories to explore how group memberships shape how we think about, interact with, and relate to others and the world around us. Much of our research is guided by two main questions: 1) How do social identities and group dynamics impact how we think about and respond to social and cooperative problems, like climate change? and 2) how can a deeper understanding these processes promote informed and equitable decision making? To explore these questions, we use a variety of methods, including lab and field experiments, probability surveys, and dyadic and longitudinal analytical approaches.

SCI Lab News!

  • New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with Jon Schuldt, Rainer Romero-Canyas, Matt Ballew, and Dylan Larson-Konar, shows the US public underestimates the environmental concerns of groups most concerned and most at-risk (minorities and low-income groups), an effect we term the environmental belief paradoxSee editorial highlights in Nature Climate Change and a commentary in PNAS by Tom Dietz and Cameron Whitley on implications of the findings for environmental justice research
  • New special issue, “Behavioural Climate Policy,” in Behavioural Public Policy, to be guest-edited by Adam, Sander van der Linden, and Leaf Van Boven, is now official, planned for 2019! Contributions across the behavioral sciences will focus on how behavioral research can better inform climate change policy and collective decision making
  • 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
  • Group Processes & Intergroup Relations special issue, “Climate Change and Intergroup Relations,” co-edited with Jon Schuldt, is now available, with an Introduction summarizing new developments in understanding social divides on climate change.  See coverage of special issue articles in Nature Climate Change and Pacific Standard
  • 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. See coverage of this work at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
  • 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
  • Adam receives an Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association
  • 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 what others think about social issues. See results of our survey on public perceptions of others’ views about gun safety here
  • 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)