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William & Mary Social Cognition Lab

Our research deals with social cognition; more specifically, we are interested in stereotyping and prejudice. In the lab, we study race, gender, and sexual orientation from a variety of angles. On one hand, we examine the initial stereotypes that automatically come to mind when you see an individual belonging to certain social group (e.g., race, gender, etc.). On the other hand, we examine how people respond to individuals making prejudicial remarks. Our research employs a variety of research methods, including behavioral measures, EEG techniques, and self-report. 

If you are interested in becoming a research assistant in the lab, complete the following application: Research Assistant application and return it to my mailbox in the psychology department or email me at cldickter@wm.edu

Current Researchers:

 

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Nicholas Alt

Lab Manager
2nd year Master's Graduate student

Broadly, my research focuses on intersectionality, specifically how sexual and racial identities intersect and co-influence each other in terms of perception, stereotype activation, and discrimination.  My current projects use social cognitive (EEG), experimental, narrative and implicit attitude measures to investigate stereotypes, categorization deficits and prejudicial attitudes towards multiple minority individuals.  In addition, I am interested in how embodied cognition affects our interactions with others.  This research is focused on how confronting prejudicial comments is affected by sensations power.

 

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Gandalf Nicolas

1st year Master's Graduate student

Social categorization is a basic and unavoidable process that allows us to make sense of society, however biased the behaviors that follow may be. But how do we deal with ambiguous categorical information, and to what degree are our schemata of the world challenged by this information? My research aims to shed some light on the neural and behavioral responses to social category ambiguity. Furthermore, in my studies I examine how racial ambiguity relates to meaning maintenance motives, stereotyping, and prejudice confrontation.

 

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Danielle Weber

Undergraduate Honors student

5 semesters

My honors thesis examines factors that influence the perceptions of female confronters of sexism as well as the perceptions of perpetrators of sexism, such as the gender of the participant, the gender of the sexist commenter, the type of sexist remark, and type of confrontation. My past research has examined how the offensiveness of a heterosexist comment as well as the gender of the participant influence how strongly a participant confronts a heterosexist comment. I have also worked with studies examining the confrontation of racist comments. My interests lie in how people respond to prejudicial comments and how observers perceive individuals involved in prejudicial situations.

 

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Matt Schafer

Undergraduate Honors student

5 semesters

My current research interest is racial bias. I use EEG to investigate how group affiliation affects the neurophysiological processing of Black and White male faces.

 

 

 

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Kim Chaney

Undergraduate Honors student
3 semesters

My research focuses on solo status, stereotypes, and implicit biases, both how these constructs negatively affect the target as well as viewer perception. My current projects are examining how solo status negatively affects performance and learning (including possible mediators), as well as varying aspects of egalitarian goal pursuit. Through experimental and implicit attitude measures, I have also examined the effects of cognitive load on stereotype inhibition and stereotype activation on the classification of minority members.

 

 

Research Assistants:

 

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Medha Satyal

5 semesters
Class of 2014

 

 

 

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Anna Glendening

2 semesters
Class of 2014

 

 

 

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Tyler Billups

Class of 2014
1 semester

 

 

 

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Dahanah Josias Sejour

3 semesters
Class of 2015

 

 

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Kiah Zaremba

2 semesters
Class of 2014

 

 

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Nicholas Gupta

2 semesters
Class of 2015

 

 

 
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Minu Nagashunmugam

3 semesters
Class of 2016



 

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Lillian Fu

2 semesters
Class of 2016

 



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Lisa Dang

2 semesters
Class of 2016

 

 

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Yousif Al-Amin

 1 semester
Class of 2016

 

 

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Mikaela Spruill

 1 semester
Class of 2016

 

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Katie Sosa

1 semester
Class of 2017