In the Social Perception and Cognition lab, we examine how subtle patterns we encounter every day can reinforce and even challenge social inequities.  As a lab, we aim to address power differentials among social groups in ways that 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: Dr. Lamer will be reviewing applications of graduate students interested in joining her lab for Fall 2020! Please see here for information on how to apply to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville PhD program; you can learn more about Knox here.

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The Team.

Dr. Lamer earned her Ph.D. in Social, Affective, and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Denver.  Prior to that, she earned her B.A. in Psychology with a certificate in Public Policy and Community Action from Connecticut College.  Her primary research interest is in examining the ways that social inequity develops and is maintained in sociocultural environments.  CV  Contact  Google Scholar ResearchGate  

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SARAH ARIEL LAMER

Principal Investigator

Abigail is in her second year at UT.  She wanted to get involved in research so that she could get some hands-on experience and ensure Psychology was the field she wanted to pursue.  In her free time, she loves kayaking, hiking, ceramics, calligraphy, traveling around the world, missions, and mentoring and helping others. 

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ABIGAIL BRIDGES

Research Assistant

Beck is in his third year at UT and is interested in psychology research to further his involvement in the field and to develop research and analytical skills. Beck enjoys reading, hiking, and playing the piano.

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BECK COX

Research Assistant

Tanner is in his fourth year at UT and started to favor psychological explanations for social and interpersonal phenomena. He thought that the opportunity to be involved with this lab would be a fascinating hands on experience, eventually leading to developing explanations and answer questions of his own.  Outside of school, he enjoys gardening, knitting, hiking, and being outdoors.

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TANNER LAPERE

Research Assistant

Aliya is in her first year at UT. She became interested in psychology research because she wanted to learn more about how psychology is applied and see what it was like to work in a lab. In her downtime, Aliya enjoys dancing, thrift shopping with friends, and volunteering at local elementary schools. 

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ALIYA BENABDERRAZAK

Research Assistant

Allie is in her third year at UT.  She has always had an interest in why people behave the way they do and what, inside the brain, is driving these behaviors. Allie enjoys going hiking with friends, petting dogs (who doesn't?), doing yoga when she can, traveling, and googling random facts on the internet.

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ALLIE PAGE

Research Assistant

Jennifer is in her fourth year at UT. She is interested in research because she is drawn to understanding how small differences in other’s behaviors change how we act.  Jennifer writes poems and plays with her guinea pig when she has downtime.

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JENNIFER NORRIS

Research Assistant

Jade is in her third year at UT.  She is interested in psychology research because she wants to understand the interplay between what people observe and how they behave.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and spending afternoons lounging in her hammock. 

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JADE NOAH

Research Assistant

Jacob is in his third year at UT.  He first got interested in psychology research because he wanted to understand why people feel the way they do about certain groups of people, and specifically what can cause people to exhibit intergroup hostility.  In his free time, he participates in Mock Trial, explores new music, and reads. 

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JACOB LOVIN

Research Assistant

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