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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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Gandalf Nicolas, Lab Manager

Gandalf Nicolas, Lab Manager

2nd 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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Jasmine Koech 

1st year Master's Graduate student

My research interests revolve around prejudice (implicit and explicit), stereotypes, and minority identity. Broadly, I am interested in how prejudice develops, as well as how it is altered by societal pressures and whether culture impacts its development. Specifically, I would like to focus on the Latino population as its presence in the US grows, and understand how the non-Latino US population and Latino population interact while identifying key factors that influence possible boundaries. Research will also be conducted focusing on Latino identity and stereotypical representations of Latinos in the media.

 

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Nicholas Gupta

Nick is in the Class of 2014, and in his 4th semester in the lab. He is currently working on an Honors project under Dickter and Forestell. The nature of his research is investigating neural biases toward homosexual couples using EEG studies. 

 

 

 

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Dahanah Josias Sejour

3 semesters
Class of 2015

Research Assistants:  

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Aikiera Cameron

1 semester

Class of 2017

 

 

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Lisa Dang

4 semesters

Class of 2016

 

 

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Lillian Fu

5 semesters

Class of 2016

 

 

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Shilpa Garg

1 semester

Class of 2017

 

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Vanessa Martinez

1 semester

Class of 2017

 

 

 

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Minu Nagashunmugam

5 semesters
Class of 2016



 

 

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Katie Sosa

3 semester
Class of 2017 

 

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Mikaela Spruill

 3 semester
Class of 2016