Welcome to the Research in Social Cognition (RISC) Laboratory! As the director of the RISC Lab, I guide research investigations on a variety of basic and applied topics in social cognition, intergroup processes, and decision-making. The RISC Lab uses scientific methods common in social psychology, such as behavioral and survey experiments with various populations. We also employ non-experimental methods, including meta-analysis, archival methods, big data analysis, quantitative text analysis, historical analysis, web scraping, and secondary data analysis. Some of the recent research questions explored in the lab include:
- What factors, such as warmth and competence, influence how people perceive and evaluate risk-taking?
- What theories do everyday people use to understand risk-taking and do these ideas influence their own willingness to take risks?
- Are social biases, such as those based on age, gender, and ethnicity, evident in the behavior of contestants on popular reality television competition shows, such as The Circle and Big Brother?
- Do Black medical students at historically Black colleges and universities feel more belonging and confidence about their career goals than Black medical students at predominantly white institutions?
- Does priming foreignness, compared to Americanness, influence anti-Asian and anti-Hispanic attitudes? Does political orientation matter in foreignness priming?
There are several ways students can join the RISC Lab, including enrolling in the lab course I instruct called Research Methods Laboratory
(RML) for course credit, conducting an honors research thesis or an independent research project under my supervision, or volunteering as a research assistant. If interesting in joining the RISC Lab to become more familiar with the research process in social psychology or to prepare for graduate school, I warmly welcome you to reach out to me to discuss available opportunities.