In the Social Perception and Cognition lab, we examine how subtle patterns people encounter every day can reinforce and even challenge social inequities.  We integrate social cognition, vision science, and developmental methods to answer questions about the maintenance of power differences among social groups.  We draw on various approaches with the goal of designing research questions so that they contribute to scientific knowledge and have clear, broad social benefits.  Click the links above to learn more about the lab and how you can get involved.

Note: I will review applications for PhD students who would like to join the SPAC lab in Fall 2022. Please email me if you plan to apply and check out more info about applying here. You may also be interested in checking out the labs of my amazing colleagues Michael Olson (implicit attitudes), Lowell Gaertner (self and identity), Jeff Larsen (emotion), Garriy Shtyenberg (collective identity), Jess Hay/Shannon Ross-Sheehy (cognitive development), and Caglar Tas (visual cognition).


Congratulations to Gigi Petrella for being awarded a position in the Advanced Undergraduate Research Activity (AURA) program for Summer 2022!

Congratulations to Haley Beck, PhD student, for being awarded the Summer Graduate Research Assistantship from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development at UTK and for being recognized as an honorable mention for the 2022 Ford Foundation Fellowship!

Upcoming appearances: PI, Sarah Lamer, will present her work at the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) 2022 meeting.

Congratulations to Liz Barron for being a Poster Award Finalist at the SPSP 2022 Gender Preconference!