In the Social Perception and Intergroup Relations lab, we investigate how the impressions people form of others produce and sustain inequality. In particular, we examine how social category membership (e.g., ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender) and features of individuals (e.g., facial appearance, emotion expression, body shape) lead to discriminatory and dehumanizing judgments. We work hard to advance psychological theory and meaningfully impact social justice.
Several ongoing projects focus on discrimination in health and legal contexts. For instance, how do our impressions of others influence who we believe is capable of experiencing physical, social, and psychological pain and distress? How are rightfully and wrongfully convicted individuals stigmatized? What are the consequences of these biased beliefs for critical medical and legal outcomes?