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 intergroup dynamics impact how we think about and respond to social and cooperative problems, like climate change? and 2) how can a deeper understanding of 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 substantially underestimates the environmental concerns of vulnerable populations (minorities and low-income groups), an effect we term the environmental belief paradoxSee editorial highlights in Nature Climate Change and PNAS, by Tom Dietz and Cameron Whitley, on implications of these findings for environmental justice research
  • Adam elected Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • New special issue, “Behavioural Climate Policy,” in Behavioural Public Policyguest-edited by Adam, Sander van der Linden, and Leaf Van Boven, is now official! Contributions will explore how behavioral science can 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
  • SCI Lab members Rachel Song and Daniel Choi head to Stanford to manage SPARQ and the GSB Behavioral Lab,  beginning summer 2018. Congratulations, Rachel and Daniel!
  • Matt Ballew accepts a postdoc at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Congratulations, Matt!
  • Former SCI Lab coordinator Maddy DeMeules joins the incoming class at Harvard Law School. Congratulations, Maddy!
  • 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
  • New review with Matt Ballew, Sarah Naiman, and Jon Schuldt shows political polarization on climate change is growing, but not among groups most vulnerable to environmental impacts (minorities and lower-income Americans). See coverage of this work by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
  • SCI Lab research shows brief exposure to an image of Pope Francis heightens Americans’ (including non-Catholics’) support for climate mitigation
  • 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 and the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab to explore Americans’ beliefs about the consensus views of others. See results of our survey on public perceptions about gun safety here
  • Adam joins team of psychologists, organized by the UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, to co-author an amicus brief for the US Supreme Court affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin (brief here).  *Update: Court decision re-affirms use of race-conscious admissions policies in higher ed*