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 2023. Please email me if you plan to apply and check out more info about applying here.

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News

Congratulations to Gigi Petrella for being awarded a position in the Advanced Undergraduate Research Activity (AURA) program and Anna Klaes for being selected for the Faculty Research Assistant Fund for Summer 2022!

Congratulations to Haley Beck, PhD student, for being awarded a grant from the RISE center (Research for Indigenous Social Action & Equity), a 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!

Congratulations to PI, Sarah Lamer, for her recent National Science Foundation Social Psychology grant to explore biases in the perception of a crowd's emotion. 

Check out our recent pub in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and our corresponding blog in SPSP's Character & Context about the role of nonverbal behavior in socializing gender roles among children.