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 group processes impact how we perceive and respond to local and global sustainability challenges, 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 with Matt Ballew and collaborators at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, synthesizing over a decade of nationally representative data, shows that both education and income exacerbate political polarization among the US public, and particularly education. See coverage and highlights here
  • Nature Sustainability international expert panel synthesis report, “Twenty Questions About Design Behavior for Sustainability,” released on how behavioral scientists, engineers, and architects can work together to enhance sustainability in the built environment. See editorial highlights and commentary
  • New research with Jon Schuldt, Rainer Romero-Canyas, Matt Ballew, and Dylan Larson-Konar, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows the US public substantially underestimates the environmental concerns of more vulnerable groups (minorities and low-income Americans) who show the highest levels of concern, an effect we term the environmental belief paradoxSee commentary in Nature Climate Change, Behavioral Scientist, and PNAS for highlights
  • SCI Lab member Vivianna Plancarte publishes op-ed on why residents in California’s Imperial Valley, one of the most vulnerable regions in the U.S., may underestimate support for climate education and action planning, and what can be done about it
  • 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 policy 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. Congratulations, Rachel and Daniel!
  • Matt Ballew accepts a postdoc at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Congratulations, Matt!
  • SCI Lab research on the lack of diversity in the environmental sciences, and its implications for public health, featured in 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