Research

The Diversity and Social Processes Lab conducts multiple lines of research examining topics at the intersections of intergroup relations, social cognition, and political psychology. In general, our lab explores how individuals respond to diversity or diverse environments, particularly, in relation to individuals’ social and political attitudes as well as more basic social cognitive processes underlying these attitudes.

Some research questions we are currently investigating include:

  • What factors influence when/if members of one stigmatized group perceive other stigmatized group members as potential allies or as potential competitors?
  • How does exposure to information about diversity affect categorization processes, attitudes, political ideology, and policy preferences?
  • How do category- and feature-based stereotyping work together or independently to affect social judgment and persuasion?