The research conducted in the Diversity and Social Processes (DaSP) Lab focuses on understanding social and political attitudes and relations among members of different social groups. Our work generally concerns the ways in which social group memberships (e.g., groups based on race, gender, sexuality, etc.) influence the ways in which people think, feel, and behave. More specifically, we investigate antecedents and consequences of intergroup attitudes and cognition from dual perspectives: those of traditionally stigmatized groups as well as majority groups.
The lab is currently involved in several areas of research exploring how issues related to diversity and diverse contexts influence people’s basic social cognitive processes, political beliefs, and relations with individuals from social groups that differ from their own.