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Current SPUR Mentors

All SPUR mentors have active research labs at graduate or undergraduate institutions. You can click each mentor’s name in the columns below to learn more about his/her research. To email a mentor, please click his/her name in the column, then click his/her name again above the “About My Research” section.

 

Mark Aveyard, American University of Sharjah
Elliot Berkman, University of Oregon
Frank Bernieri, Oregon State University
Eliza Bliss-Moreau, University of California, Davis
Ginette Blackhart, East Tennessee State University
Caroline Blais, Université du Québec en Outaouais
Kirk Warren Brown, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Amy Brunell, Ohio State University at Mansfield
Jeni Burnette, North Carolina State University
Cheryl Carmichael, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Gabriela Carrasco, University of North Alabama
Bettina Casad, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Joseph Cesario, Michigan State University
Chris Chartier, Ashland University
Jacqueline Chen, University of Utah
Sapna Cheryan, University of Washington
Shana Cole, Rutgers University
Nancy Collins, University of California, Santa Barbara
Corey Columb, Prairie View A&M University
Chris Crandall, University of Kansas
Travis Crone, University of Houston-Downtown
Amber DeBono, Winston-Salem State University
Jaye DerrickUniversity of Houston
Danielle Dickens, Spelman College
Amanda ElBassiouny, California Lutheran University
Sally Farley, University of Baltimore
Jennifer Fugate, University of MA – Dartmouth
Shelly Gable, University of California, Santa Barbara
Amber M. Gaffney, Humboldt State University
Sarah Gaither, Duke University
Stephen Garcia, University of Michigan
Wendi Gardner, Northwestern University
Sharon Glazer, University of Baltimore
Andreas Gloeckner, University of Cologne (Germany)
Jessica Good, Davidson College
Kurt Gray, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
James Gross, Stanford University
Igor Grossmann, University of Waterloo
Nao Hagiwara, Virginia Commonwealth University
Gabriella Harari, Stanford University
Larisa Heiphetz, Columbia University
Erin Hennes, Purdue University
Hal HershfieldUCLA Anderson School of Management
Edward Hirt, Indiana University
Simon Howard, Marquette University
Hans IJzerman, Université Grenoble Alpes
Derek Isaacowitz, Northeastern University
Rachael Jack, Institution of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Glasgow, UK 
Jeremy Jamieson, University of Rochester
Lisa Jaremka, University of Delaware
Peter Jonason, Western Sydney University
Cheryl Kaiser, University of Washington
Lucas Keefer, University of Southern Mississippi
Sasha Kimel, CSU San Marcos
Laura King, University of Missouri, Columbia
Sara Konrath,  Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Michael Kraus, Yale University
Amy Krosch, Cornell University
Franki Kung, Purdue University
Kevin Ladd, Indiana University South Bend

Spike W. S. Lee, University of Toronto
Bernhard Leidner, University of Massachusetts
Dana Leighton, Texas A&M University—Texarkana
Christopher Leone, University of North Florida
Kristen Lindquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Debbie Ma, California State University Northridge
Christine Ma-Kellams, University of La Verne
Cara MacInnis, University of Calgary
Keith Maddox, Tufts University
Hazel Markus, Stanford University
Wendy Berry Mendes, UC San Francisco
Monica Miller, University of Nevada, Reno
Marina Milyavskaya, Carleton University
Matt Motyl, University of Illinois at Chicago
Damian Murray, Tulane University
Keely Muscatell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jean Natividade, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Yolanda NiemannUniversity of North Texas
Jessica Nolan, University of Scranton
Kymberlee M. O’Brien, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Kristina Olson, University of Washington
Christopher Oveis, UC San Diego
John Pachankis, Yale University
Sylvia Perry, Northwestern University
Cynthia Pickett, University of California, Davis
Angela Pirlott, Saint Xavier University
Kimberly Quinn, DePaul University
Kyle Ratner, UC Santa Barbara
Jessica Remedios, Tufts University
Lindsey Rodriguez, University of South Florida - St. Petersburg
Nick Rule, University of Toronto
Joni Sasaki, University of Hawaii
Donald Saucier, Kansas State University
Benjamin Saunders, Long Island University - Brooklyn
Toni Schmader, UBC
Juliana Schroeder, UC Berkeley
Marlene Schwartz, University of Connecticut
Amanda Sesko, University of Alaska Southeast
Jeffrey Sherman, University of California, Davis
Donna Shestowsky, UC Davis School of Law
Natalie Shook, West Virginia University
H. Colleen Sinclair, Mississippi State University
Samuel Sommers, Tufts University
Stephanie Spielmann, Wayne State University
Janina Steinmetz, Cass Business School City University of London
Nicole Stephens, Northwestern University
Chadly Stern, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Margaret Stevenson, University of Evansville
John Tawa, Mount Holyoke College
Jo-Ann Tsang, Baylor University
Jay Van Bavel, New York University
Ashley Votruba, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Greg Walton, Stanford University
Christian Waugh, Wake Forest University
Oliver WilhelmUlm University
Anne WilsonWilfrid Laurier University
Thiyagarajan Yuvaraj, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, India
Jamil Zaki, Stanford University
Michael Zarate, UT El Paso
Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Oakland University JiaWei Zhang, University of Memphis

 

Mark Aveyard, American University of Sharjah 
About My Research: My research focuses on the psychology of culture and religion. I work at an American-accredited university in the UAE close to Dubai. Most of my work involves collaboration projects with primary investigators from various labs around the world. So I supervise a variety of projects related to culture and religion.

Additional Information: We don't have a psychology graduate program so I'm very experienced in working directly with undergraduates. Our university offers an exchange program in association with many universities in the US and Canada. Organizations like Academic Programs International (API) can facilitate that experience.
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Elliot Berkman, University of Oregon
About My Research: The Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Oregon studies the motivation and cognitive factors underlying self-regulation. Our methods include functional neuroimaging, laboratory experiments, and longitudinal experience sampling and intervention approaches. Ultimately, our research aims to identify effective new pathways for health behavior change. The University of Oregon, its Department of Psychology, and the Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory are committed to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in research and teaching. We were thrilled to read about this program and are excited to be a part of it!
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Frank Bernieri, Oregon State University
About My Research: We analyze the nonverbal behavior in face-to-face interactions and examine issues of first impression accuracy, the impact of trait empathy on rapport, and the predictive utility of specific behavior patterns on various social/relationship outcomes. see lab webpage: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-psychological-science/isl

Additional Information: I've been a past mentor in NSF's REU program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates).
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Ginette Blackhart, East Tennessee State University
About My Research: Broadly, I study the interaction between the self and/or individual difference factors and social factors on mental and physical health. My current primary interest is examining factors that impact self-regulatory resources and self-control. I also conduct research examining predictors of online dating and responses to various forms of social rejection.

Additional Information: The Self & Relationships lab at ETSU is an active research laboratory with 8-10 undergraduate research assistants and 2 PhD level graduate students. ETSU has a PhD program in Psychology with concentrations in Clinical Psychology and in Experimental Psychology.
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Caroline Blais, Université du Québec en Outaouais
About My Research: My research is at the interface of vision and social psychology. I study how different sociocultural factors influence visual processes. For instance, how culture affects the visual processes involved in face, object, and scene processing; how racism affects the decoding of facial expression of emotions.
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Eliza Bliss-Moreau, University of California, Davis
About My Research: My laboratory explores questions related to the development and evolution of affect and emotion in a social context. We conduct both translational and comparative science by studying both nonhuman primates and humans. We are particularly interested in how individuals' social roles within their social networks relate to affective reactivity. My laboratory is based at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis. As a result, students who join the laboratory will need to undergo a background check, fairly extensive screening, and show proof of measles immunity (vaccine or titre) and be TB free. elizablissmoreau.com
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Kirk Warren Brown, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
About My Research: My research program focuses on the self- and emotion-regulatory consequences of mindfulness. My graduate and undergraduate students and I conduct mindfulness-based and mindfulness-integrated experiments and training trials with both adults and adolescents using first-person, ecological momentary assessment, and brain imaging (EEG, fMRI) methods. My Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab website: www.kirkwarrenbrown.vcu.edu
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Amy Brunell, Ohio State University at Mansfield
About My Research: Broadly, the focus of my research is on self processes and social contexts. I have primarily focused on investigating narcissism as a lens for understanding behavior, such as risk-taking and moral/ethical behavior (e.g., cheating). My second line of research investigates dating relationships. Ohio State University at Mansfield is a regional campus of Ohio State University and is located about 60 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio. OSU Mansfield is primarily an undergraduate institution; faculty are expected to have active programs of research.
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Jeni Burnette, North Carolina State University
About My Research: Dr. Burnette primarily studies how growth mindsets (believing attributes can change) help to reduce the negative implications of competing drives and stigma for self-regulation in domains relevant for physical and psychological well-being. She explores these issues using diverse research designs, ranging from interventions to basic experimental methods to longitudinal surveys.
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Cheryl Carmichael, Brooklyn College, CUNY
About My Research: I study close relationships, health, and the social regulation of emotions. In my lab, we use experimental and daily diary approaches to examine how verbal (e.g., sharing good news, providing social support) and nonverbal (e.g., touch) relationship behavior promotes perceived responsiveness, relationship quality, emotional well-being, and physical health in face to face and mediated interactions.
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Gabriela Carrasco, University of North Alabama 
About My Research: My general research interests include perception, cognitive biases, the self, and decision-making.  My research has examined factors that impact acculturation, decision-making during severe weather, perceptions of same-race and interracial couples, the impact of studying abroad, factors that influence civic duty, and an examination of Haidt's Moral Foundations Theory.

Additional Information: I'm originally from Texas and have lived in Alabama for the past 11 years.  The University of North Alabama is located in a small, friendly town in the northwestern region of Alabama.

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Bettina Casad, University of Missouri-St. Louis
About My Research: The Social Psychology and Neuroscience Research Lab at the University of Missouri-St. Louis encompasses several research projects that tackle interdisciplinary research questions in the fields of social psychology, social neuroscience, and organizational psychology. Projects examine mechanisms of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination for both targets and perceivers. Current projects investigate effects of threatening environments on underrepresented groups, self-regulation mechanisms in response to threat, perceptions of targets and allies who confront prejudice, and effects of social media and racism on stress. Projects implement multiple measures including self-report, implicit, non-verbal, behavioral, physiological measures (blood pressure, heart rate variability, impedance cardiography, facial EMG), EEG, and neuroendocrine markers (cortisol, DHEA, IL-6).
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Joseph Cesario, Michigan State University
About My Research: We study cognitive modeling of decision-making and how various factors (e.g., race, SES) impact the decision process. Currently studying race bias in the decision to shoot using an immersive shooting simulator in our lab and collecting data with law enforcement. See http://www.cesariolab.com/research for more information.
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Chris Chartier, Ashland University (website)
About My Research: I direct Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA, psysciacc.org), a collaborative network of over 300 research laboratories working together on democratically selected studies. The student would help coordinate one of our large international collaborations and could even help draft and review resulting empirical reports.

Additional Information: I have a lively lab of undergrads, who work a bit off and on over the summer, so there would be some departmental interaction, but Ashland is a rather sleepy town. This would be a "low key" summer for any visiting student, although we are also one hour from both Columbus and Cleveland.
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Jacqueline Chen, University of Utah (website)
About My Research: In my lab, we investigate how social group memberships, such as race and gender, influence individuals' social perception and behavior. Our research seeks to improve scientific understanding of diverse perspectives and provide empirical findings relevant to social issues.
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Sapna Cheryan, University of Washington
About My Research: We examine how cultural stereotypes impact choices, behaviors, and sense of belonging. Our two current main lines of work investigate 1) how stereotypes of STEM fields influence gender disparities, and 2) how to broaden our understanding of racial dynamics to incorporate the experience of recent immigrant groups. We have an active lab in the summer, including running participants, lab meetings, and tutorials. For more information about our lab, visit our lab web page at: http://depts.washington.edu/sibl/.
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Shana Cole, Rutgers University
About My Research: How do people overcome obstacles and difficulties in order to successfully meet the goals they set? The RAMP Lab explores the social cognitive and perceptual processes that predict and promote effective goal pursuit. Our exploration cuts across multiple domains, including dieting, relationships, exercise, race, and gender.
Additional Information: Research Assistants will have an opportunity to participate in the research experience in many different capacities, including: attending lab meetings where new ideas are developed and ongoing research is discussed, contributing to the design and implementation of study materials, helping with data entry and analysis, and most importantly, spending time in the lab and in the field conducting experiments. RAMP Lab website: www.ramplab-rutgers.com
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Nancy Collins, University of California, Santa Barbara
About My Research: My work focuses on the mechanisms through which romantic couples seek and provide social support. Using experimental and observational methods, we study empathy (feelings of empathic concern for one's partner and empathic accuracy or "mind-reading"), self-disclosure, and emotional expression in the context of social support interactions. I would love to work with interested students this summer!
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Corey Columb, Prairie View A&M University 
About My Research: My research evaluates factors influencing and consequences of prejudice and stereotyping, focusing on implicit prejudice and stereotyping. Projects include evaluating the consequences of possessing an implicit or automatic association between women and birds, as well as evaluating the impact of exemplars on attitudes and stereotyping.
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Chris Crandall, University of Kansas
About My Research: Our lab focuses on the cognitive processes that influence the expression of beliefs, attitudes, and values. We study how biases in normal cognitive functioning lead to political ideology, how we can harbor prejudice but still feel moral, and how the love of hierarchy can slip into our egalitarian souls. The Social Psychology program at the University of Kansas is extremely collaborative. Students work with several faculty members, faculty work with each other, and students collaborate with students. We provide a non-competitive opportunity to learn, discuss, debate, and excel. Students would have an opportunity to interact with faculty whose interests include stereotyping, metaphor and thought, intergroup relations, personal relationships, attachment, social influence and energy consumption, social judgment, inequality, and much more. Students would become part of a research and support network.
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Travis Crone, University of Houston-Downtown
About My Research: I explore nonconscious priming in several ways. I am currently researching power and embodied cognition, religious priming and belief, morality, and the underlying cognitive mechanisms of nonconscious goal priming. During the academic year, I also explore the effect of teaching styles on student performance and other outcomes. Students working with me can expect to get in the lab experience as well as out of the lab data collection experience.
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Amber DeBono, Winston-Salem State University
About My Research: We conduct research on how rejection affects thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. We also examine how beliefs about God impact moral behaviors. Our lab is also investigating how attributing positive events to God affect the self. Finally, we are creating a scale to measure considerateness. I have mentored paid undergraduates over the summer at Winston-Salem State in the past (in addition to the 4-6 research assistants during the school year). I'm looking forward to expanding my mentorship to students outside of our university. I am also enthusiastic about giving back to SPSP!
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Jaye DerrickUniversity of Houston (website)
About My Research: I am interested in the influence of close relationships (and faux relationships) on self-regulation, well-being, health, health behaviors, and addictive behaviors; the influence of substance use on close relationship functioning and intimate partner aggression; and daily diary and EMA research methods.
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Danielle Dickens, Spelman College (website)
About My Research: My research integrates social psychology and the psychology of Black women. My primary research explores how Black women cope with discrimination by engaging in identity shifting, altering one’s behavior and language (code switching). Also, my research explores the intersection of social identities and their implications for well-being and career decisions.
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Amanda ElBassiouny, California Lutheran University
About My Research: My research explores the differences between religious, moral, and spiritual identity salience in juror's who are making decisions about defendants who are either explicitly a member of a religious outgroup or not on a stereotypical religious crime (or not).
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Sally Farley, University of Baltimore
About My Research: My research interests generally lie at the intersection of nonverbal communication and relationship science. I am interested in nonverbal behaviors that both facilitate and maintain relational intimacy and attraction (vocal cues, mimicry, laughter). My recent projects have investigated gossip as a social bonding mechanism, social ostracism, and vocal gaydar. I am deeply invested in undergraduate student research mentorship. My research lab is dominated by undergraduate students, several of whom are co-authors on my current and previous manuscripts, paper presentations, and poster presentations. I am excited about this opportunity!
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Jennifer Fugate, University of MA – Dartmouth
About My Research: Here at the SOCOlab we study emotion categories. My research projects fall under four major questions: 1) How do emotion words affect emotion perception? 2) How do words create discrete emotion categories ? 3) Is there universality of emotion categories? 4) How does learning emotion words increase emotional intelligence? https://fugatejennifer.wordpress.com/ The SOCOlab (Social Cognition on the South Coast) is located on the beautiful south coast of MA at the University of MA- Dartmouth, 20 miles from Cape Code and 5 miles from some of the most beautiful beaches in the Northeast. The University affords all the opportunities of a large, research university with a more home-town feel. The University is 35 miles from Providence, RI and 60 miles from Boston, MA.
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Shelly Gable, University of California, Santa Barbara
About My Research: We conduct research on the role of motivation and emotion in close relationships. We look at how approach and avoidance goals simultaneously influence close relationship processes and outcomes. We also examine social emotion regulation and how others play a role in coping (or not) with negative and positive events. Santa Barbara is a lovely place to visit and UCSB has wonderful cohort of social psychology faculty and graduate students.
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Amber M. Gaffney, Humboldt State University
About My Research: My research focuses on social identity, group processes and social influence. A large part of my work examines how prototypical and non-prototypical group members can create and manage uncertainty to enact social change. I would be excited to invite curious students to bring innovative ideas to my lab and research. My lab has graduate and undergraduate students who all share a passion for research. We value new opinions and perspectives, which will will add to the strength and creativity of ideas that we produce. We have several on-going projects that focus on how political leaders and social groups use uncertainty as a tool for influence.
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Sarah Gaither, Duke University
About My Research: Broadly, I study how social identities and experiences motivate social behavior in diverse settings. Specifically, how contact with diverse others shapes social interactions, how having multiple racial or multiple social identities affects behavior and categorization, and what contexts shape the development 
Additional Information: For more information about my research: https://sites.duke.edu/dukeidlab/
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Stephen Garcia, University of Michigan (website)
About My Research: My research lab explores social comparison, competition, and decision making. Examples of phenomena that my lab has uncovered include the N-Effect, the Status Signals Paradox, Ranks and Rivals, and the Presenter's Paradox.
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Wendi Gardner, Northwestern University
About My Research: We focus on self/identity as well as belonging and exclusion. A SPUR undergraduate would be involved in studies involving how individuals and/or couples form and maintain positive identities in the face of social stressors.   Tasks would likely include interviews, running experiments, and video or text data coding and analysis.
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Sharon Glazer, University of Baltimore (website)
About My Research: My applied research focuses on socio-technical and personality factors that moderate the relationship between work-related stressors and psychological, behavioral, and physiological ill-health. For the mentored research, I propose researching meaningfulness in life, happiness orientation, and/or personal values in relation to job stress.

Additional Information: To mentor students on the research topic, I begin by learning about the student assistant's educational and career goals and then present several different projects that I have at various stages that might best fit the student's professional growth. After identifying the end goal, I work with the student to establish a project plan and timeline, with manageable milestones that help show the student his/her progress on the project.
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Andreas Gloeckner, University of Cologne (Germany)  (website)
About My Research: In my research I investigate processes of judgment and decision making in the social and economic context. Currently I am particularly interested in large-scale cross-cultural studies on cooperation, trust, stereotypes and discrimination. I apply open science principles for empirical work and advocate transparency and formalization of theories.

Additional Information: Cologne provides an excellent, interdisciplinary research environment in one of the most exciting cities of Germany.
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Jessica Good, Davidson College
About My Research: Currently we are pursuing NSF-funded research on the influence of instructors' diversity philosophies on the performance of women and underrepresented minority students in STEM classes. Our other major line of research is understanding what motivates people to confront discrimination and how people respond when they are confronted.
Additional Information: I have a year-round, full-time lab manager as well as a handful of undergraduate research students each semester and over the summer. Lab information can be found here: http://jessicajgood.com
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Kurt Gray, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
About My Research: You have a mind, but what about a cow or a computer? Can they think and feel like you? This is important because entities with minds are afforded moral status. We study how people see the minds of others, and how this "mind perception" underlies our most crucial moral judgments.
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James Gross, Stanford University 
About My Research: The Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory is a research laboratory designed for the study of emotion. It is also a teaching laboratory, training undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and visiting scholars in the measurement and analysis of emotion and emotion regulation processes using behavioral, autonomic, and brain imaging methods.

Additional Information: The success of this laboratory depends heavily upon the involvement of bright and motivated undergraduates and recent graduates, and we welcome your interest. As a mentee, you will work closely with other members of the laboratory (including graduate students, postdocs, and Professor Gross). Your involvement may include subject scheduling and running. In addition, you may be asked to enter data, help with data reduction using customized physiological data reduction software, data analysis, behavioral coding, preparing stimuli for projects, or doing literature searches. For more information, please visit: https://spl.stanford.edu/.
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Igor Grossmann, University of Waterloo (website)
About My Research: My lab aims to demystify wisdom - a concept that serves as a “philosopher’s stone” in the behavioral sciences. Is there a quality distinguishing human sagacity beyond abstract intelligence and personality or is wisdom just a pipedream? We have identified psychological processes that enable people to think & act wisely.

Additional Information: My lab also works on modeling of cultural change: For at least 150 years, social scientists have developed lofty theories about the origins and evolution of culture and the role of culture for psychology. Most of these theories have not been adequately tested, relying on anecdotal and cross-sectional observations. We aim to shift the paradigm by starting to study and model change in cultural and accompanying psychological processes.
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Nao Hagiwara, Virginia Commonwealth University
About My Research: I investigate the underlying mechanisms involved in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination by utilizing both traditional social psychological and social cognitive research methods. I also examine how these processes contribute to social injustice (e.g., health disparities, educational disparities) in applied settings.
Additional Information: Although my primary affiliation is with the Health Psychology Program, I was trained as a basic experimental social psychologist (and I teach both undergraduate and graduate Social Psychology courses every year). My Discrimination and Health Lab (http://www.psychology.vcu.edu/people/faculty/hagiwara.html) is very active with three graduate students and 15 undergraduate research interns. Currently, we are working on four projects, of which one of them are funded by NIH and two of them are funded by NSF.
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Gabriella Harari, Stanford University
About My Research: My research examines how personality is expressed in physical and digital contexts in everyday life. Using methods from psychology and computer science, my lab examines what digital media technologies, and smartphones in particular, reveal about people’s behavioral patterns and psychological states.
Additional Information: I am involved with diversity-related initiatives for students from under-represented groups, primarily via mentorship and departmental service. As an undergraduate student, I was a McNair Scholar and UC Berkeley SROP Fellow. As a graduate student, I was a representative for the Graduate Student Diversity Committee in the Psychology Department at UT Austin. My mentoring style is informed by my own experiences with programs designed to prepare undergraduate students for graduate school.
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Larisa Heiphetz, Columbia University
About My Research: Our lab studies moral psychology. We are especially interested in the contexts of religion (e.g., how children and adults think about moral characteristics of religious in-group vs. out-group members) and criminal justice (e.g., how people -- including children of incarcerated parents -- respond to incarcerated individuals).
Additional Information: Please feel free to take a look at our lab website for more information about current research projects: columbiasamclab.weebly.com
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Erin Hennes, Purdue University
About My Research: The Social Cognition of Social Justice laboratory focuses on cognitive and motivational biases in information processing, particularly in the context of contemporary issues such as environmental sustainability and racial and gender inequality.
Additional Information: Research tasks will be commensurate with experience and ability. New students in the lab will primarily collect or code data and conduct literature reviews. Additional responsibilities, such as data cleaning, data analysis, stimulus design, and programming will be available for advanced students. Students will receive mentorship in pursuing their own career goals, as well as have the opportunity to receive additional training on topics such as data analysis, study design, and presentational skills.
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Hal Hershfield, UCLA Anderson School of Management
About My Research: Broadly, I’m interested in how individuals perceive the passage of time and how such perceptions influence decision-making and consumer behavior. I focus on the connections that people feel between their current selves and their future selves, and how research can enhance those connections.
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Edward Hirt, Indiana University
About My Research: My research generally concentrates on issues related to motivation and performance. My primary current line of research focuses on mental depletion and its consequences for subsequent performance and acts of self-control. We also have work investigating self-handicapping, exploring the tradeoffs inherent in protecting self-esteem in threatening performance contexts.
Additional Information: Our lab is a highly collegial and colloborative environment which values the input of all members. The goal is to make this experience the most productive and beneficial for you personally in your growth as a social psychology researcher.
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Simon Howard, Marquette University
About My Research: Dr. Howard uses experimental methods drawn from cognitive, perceptual, and social investigations to explore the ways race influences—often negatively—our social perception, judgment, interactions, and memory in variety of domains (.e.g., law, education, media, clinical/patient outcomes).
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Hans IJzerman, Université Grenoble Alpes (website)
About My Research: At the CO-RE Lab, we study social thermoregulation. We now focus on studying "co-thermoregulation" in couples. We have smartphones and sensors to measure temperature changes from second-to-second and wristbands with which we can manipulate temperature. In addition, our university is one of the hub institutes for the Psychological Science Accelerator.

Additional Information: It is probably worthwhile to read our lab guide (available on our website). We do daily standups to make sure we are all on one page. Open science and diversity are two of our core values. Beyond that, especially look us up if you have an interest in programming (e.g., psychopy, android) or exploratory psychological science (e.g., machine learning).
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Derek Isaacowitz, Northeastern University
About My Research: My lab uses a variety of methods (including mobile eye tracking, stationary eye tracking, and psychophysiology) to investigate adult age differences in emotion regulation and social perception. We tend to have a pretty large group of students in the lab each summer.
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Rachael Jack, Institution of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Glasgow, UK
About My Research: My research focuses on understanding social communication – that is, how signals such as facial expressions are transmitted and decoded – to support  social interaction within and across cultures. I then transfer this knowledge to inform the design of social robots. I use an interdisciplinary approach combining social psychology, psychophysics, and information theory. Work published in Ann. Rev. Psychol., PNAS, Current Biology, JEP:Gen, Psychological Science.

Additional Information: MATLAB programming is an essential skill to work in my lab, so opportunities would be provided to learn this, plus a range of multivariate techniques that are typically used to analyse high dimensional data such as dynamic facial expressions and 3D face morphology and complexion. I also have a state-of-the-art face capture system (www.di4d.com) that students would gain hands on experience with.
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Jeremy Jamieson, University of Rochester
About My Research: We routinely navigate a world that is teeming with stressful social situations, such as job interviews, performance reviews, debates with friends and family, or asking someone out on a date. To better understand how social stress impacts our lives, my research examines the psychological and biological forces that impact decisions, emotions, and performance. On-going projects in the lab research affective dynamics processes, effects of stress reappraisal interventions, and how competition and inequality impact biological functioning. 
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Lisa Jaremka, University of Delaware
About My Research: I utilize a social psychological approach to understand the effects of social disconnection on motivation, physiology, and health. My expertise lies at the interface between physiology and psychology with a specialization in psychoneuroimmunology and psychoneuroendocrinology.

Additional Information: Students in my lab would learn a wide array of tasks, ranging from running participants, to cleaning data, to developing and perfecting study procedures.
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Peter Jonason, Western Sydney University
About My Research: My work examines personality (e.g., Dark Triad traits) and interpersonal relationships from an evolutionary perspective (see www.peterjonason.com). During this internship you might work on projects attempting to answer some fundamental questions like “what are personality traits really measuring” and “what are the psychological mechanisms behind mate choice”.
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Cheryl Kaiser, University of Washington
About My Research: Our laboratory explores the intersection of self and social identity, particularly when the worth of one’s social identity (e.g., race, gender) is called into question by stereotypes/discrimination. This research develops theoretical perspectives on social stigma, legitimacy, identity, and diversity, and connects social psychology with law, political science, and sociology.
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Lucas Keefer, University of Southern Mississippi
About My Research: My research primarily explores the role of conceptual metaphor as a means of understanding abstract features of the social world, such as political issues and the mental lives of other people. This research draws upon an interdisciplinary perspective bridging psychology, philosophy, and linguistics.
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Sasha Kimel, CSU San Marcos (website)
About My Research: Our research focuses both on the factors that impact conflict between diverse cultural groups and on how our cultures (e.g. nation, race/ethnicity, religion) shape they way we think, feel and behave.

Additional Information: We are looking research assistants with a range of experiences and qualifications. You do not need to have previous research experience. It is important that you are interested in psychological science, responsible, detail-oriented, and work well with others. An ability to speak different languages and/or a background in computer programming and photoshop is a plus!
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Laura King, University of Missouri, Columbia
About My Research: I am a personality/social psychologist who spends her time thinking about what it is that makes life meaningful. We have conducted (and continue to conduct) experiments and correlational studies aimed at identifying what people mean when they say their lives are meaningful.

Additional Information: Typically in the summer we have a fairly active lab with a couple of graduate students and undergraduates meeting and running studies. It's a lot of fun.
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Sara Konrath,  Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
About My Research: In the Interdisciplinary Program of Empathy and Altruism Research (www.ipearlab.org), we examine motivations, traits, and behaviors relevant to helping, charitable giving, volunteering, and other prosocial acts. Current projects involve empathy-building mobile phone interventions, examining narcissism and prosocial behavior, and conducting meta-analyses related to empathy. The SPUR student will be involved in this and other projects. We are a friendly and cooperative group that includes a professor, graduate students, and undergraduates. We value mentoring and take a growth-oriented approach to learning. We work closely with our students to better understand their goals and to make working in the lab a beneficial and enjoyable experience for them. We are especially mindful of the need for professionalization and CV development opportunities. Indianapolis is a great place to live with many cultural and recreational activities.
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Michael Kraus, Yale University (website)
About My Research: I study inequality, how we perceive it and how it influences our behavior.

Additional Information: I also co-run a two month summer internship in org behavior. A spur mentee could join those activities.
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Amy Krosch, Cornell University (website)
About My Research: We study the social and economic factors that motivate decision makers to discriminate, and the social cognitive and perceptual processes that facilitate this discrimination. We integrate ideas/methods from experimental social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral decision-making, and psychophysics, and ultimately aim to inform interventions aimed at achieving racial and economic justice.

Additional Information: RAs will have the opportunity to participate in multiple stages of the research process, from idea development, to study and stimulus construction, to data collection and analysis, to write-up. We aim to keep the lab active all summer, with weekly lab meetings and one-on-one meetings.
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Franki Kung, Purdue University (website)
About My Research: My lab studies lay theories and conflict management, generating knowledge to help people and organizations resolve conflict optimally. Our current work examines the dynamics of cultural collision and synergy, wise strategies for difficult communications (e.g., negotiation), and effective management of multiple goals and goal conflicts.

Additional Information: Trained in both industrial-organizational and social psychology, I have a mission to bridge the gap between theory and application. My lab employs diverse research methodologies (e.g., cross-cultural, longitudinal, experimental, network, dyadic, meta-analytical) and involves interdisciplinary collaborations.  Interested candidates are welcome to contact me. I'm happy to answer your questions and help you achieve your career aspirations.
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Kevin Ladd, Indiana University South Bend
About My Research: Primary focus is on religion and spirituality: prayer practices, ritual as performance, embodiment of spiritual experience (prayer postures; walking labyrinths). Our methods and tools range from eye tracking (SR Research Eye Link 2000) experiments to making movies based on qualitative interviews (Las Vegas buskers reflecting on spirituality in the workplace).
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Spike W. S. Lee, University of Toronto (website)
About My Research: "Wash away your sins"; "wipe the slate clean"; "smell something fishy"; "look how far we've come." Why are physical experiences (e.g., cleanliness, fishy smells, physical journey) frequently used to shape thinking and feeling in abstract domains (e.g., morality, suspicion, love)? We conduct experiments to investigate these and other mind-body interactions.

Additional Information: In addition to designing and conducting experiments during summer, we'll also be running practical workshops for students such as How to Get into the Best Grad Schools, How to Frame your Arguments and Write Strong Papers, What a Ph.D. Degree Buys You, etc. Check out http://mindandbodylab.wixsite.com/mindandbodylab for latest updates about students and scholars in our lab.
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Bernhard Leidner, University of Massachusetts
About My Research: I am a social and political psychologist in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research, funded by NSF and others, focuses on intergroup violence, international conflict (reduction) and justice, primarily at the international level (e.g. Israel/Palestine, Balkans).
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Dana Leighton, Texas A&M University—Texarkana
About My Research: The Peace and Justice Psychology Lab works on intergroup relations, specifically stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. We study the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of peace & justice. We're currently running studies on racial bias in jury selection, sexual harassment over social media, exclusion of immigrants from justice, and mental illness stigma.

Additional Information: Texas A&M University—Texarkana is part of the Texas A&M University system, and enjoys many of the research resources available to a large university system, but is a small campus with a friendly atmosphere located in East Texas. Texarkana is home to the Perot Theater, host to local, national, and international performing arts including the Texarkana Symphony. Comfortable and safe on-campus housing is available for the SPUR student, and off-campus apartments are plentiful.

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Christopher Leone, University of North Florida
About My Research: My program of research involves the role of (a) individual differences (e.g., need for cognition) in persuasion (e.g., self-generated attitude change), (b) individual differences (e.g., self-monitoring) in close relationships (e.g., dating), and (c) individual differences (e.g., religiosity) in prejudice (e.g., discrimination against gays and lesbians).

Additional Information: My research team is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students. Experienced members of my team serve as peer mentors for less experienced members, and I of course act as a mentor for all of my proteges. In so doing, I have worked with many students from underrepresented ethnic groups who have gone to be successful at the doctoral level. Indeed, virtually all of the undergraduates I have mentored have gone on to doctoral programs including University of Michigan, University of Texas, and Indiana University to name a few. I have one several awards for mentoring from both my home institution as well as professional organisations (e.g., Southeastern Psychological Association). I have also given numerous presentations at meetings of professional organisations on the subject of mentoring.
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Kristen Lindquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (website)
About My Research: My lab studies the cognitive and neural mechanisms that generate healthy emotions. To do so, we use a broad set of methods including social cognitive methods, peripheral psychophysiology, neuroimaging, and lesion studies.
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Debbie Ma, California State University Northridge
About My Research: My research focuses on stereotyping and prejudice, face perception, and social cognition. I have investigated phenomena like racial bias in the decision to shoot and ascriptions of national identity to non-Whites. We are currently studying face perception as it relates to face, such as the cross race effect.

Additional Information: Over the summer my lab has biweekly meetings. We have a lot of research projects in different stages of development. I think this would allow a student to gain exposure to many areas of research and learn about the research process. Further, my institution is classified as an undergraduate-serving institution, which makes it a welcoming environment for undergraduate researchers.
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Christine Ma-Kellams, University of La Verne
About My Research: My work focuses on cultural social psychology and the role of group membership in dictating outcomes related to emotion and judgment/decision-making. Current projects include: examining class/SES and age as forms of "culture" and testing the situational contexts that make individuals better or worse at reading others.
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Cara MacInnis, University of Calgary
About My Research: I am interested in the way humans interact with one another in our diverse world, focusing on barriers to positive intergroup relations. I study perceptions, behaviors, emotions, and socio-political orientations that serve as barriers to positive intergroup relations and means to overcome barriers to positive intergroup relations and reduce prejudice.
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Keith Maddox, Tufts University
About My Research: My lab is focused on research programs examining social cognitive aspects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Topics include racial phenotypicality bias, confronting biased attitudes and behavior, developing strategies to encourage and empower interracial interactions, and applied diversity science. ase.tufts.edu/psychology/people/maddox/
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Hazel Markus, Stanford University (website)
About My Research: Stanford SPARQ is a "do tank" whose mission is to create and share social psychological insights to tackle disparities in health, education, criminal justice, and economic mobility. Ongoing projects include: improving police-community relations, designing physical spaces to promote belonging for underrepresented students in STEM, and addressing bias in investment decisions.

Additional Information: Previous research experience is helpful, but not required. SPUR students will develop valuable research skills, receive mentoring from our faculty and research staff, and join an active community of summer RAs. For more information, visit our website: https://sparq.stanford.edu/. Feel free to email Rachel Song, SPARQ's research manager, with any questions: rachelxsong@stanford.edu.


Wendy Berry Mendes, UC San Francisco
About My Research: The work in my lab focuses on emotion, intergroup interactions, and biological psychology. Two general themes guide our research: (a) intergroup relations and stigmatization, and (b) effects of emotion on cognitive processing, behavior, and physiology. We use a multi-method approach including physiological responses, non-verbal, cognitive performance, and subjective states. For the past 11 years my lab has held a summer internship program that invites between 10 and 15 undergraduates for an intensive 8-week summer program. The internship program consists of weekly tutorials, training in psychophysiology, and executing studies. The internships ends with a formal presentation from each intern on a proposed research project where they receive both verbal and written evaluations from. This internship is ideal for undergraduates seeking either admissions into psychology graduate programs or medical school.
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Monica Miller, University of Nevada, Reno
About My Research: I have a PhD in social psychology; my area is legal psychology. My main interests are in legal decision-making and attitudes. I study how jurors' decisions (and people's support for laws more broadly) are affected by social-cognitive biases, attributions, group processes, prejudice, and individual differences. My CV is available: http://www.unr.edu/criminal-justice/people/monica-miller.

Additional Information: I currently work with 8 graduate students who the student could also choose to work with, so there are plenty of different projects going on in our lab at all times.

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Marina Milyavskaya, Carleton University
About My Research: The lab's research examines contextual and personality influences on the setting, pursuit, and accomplishment of short and long-term goals, as well as the ramifications of goal pursuit on health and well-being. We use multiple methodologies (experiments, reaction times, prospective studies, experience sampling) to triangulate answers to questions of interest.
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Damian Murray, Tulane University
About My Research: The effects of environmental threats for social attitudes and behavior; contextual predictors of moral and political attitudes; predictors of formation and satisfaction in close (romantic) relationships.
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Matt Motyl, University of Illinois at Chicago
About My Research: I study social ecology, ideology, intergroup conflict, and morality. My lab uses diverse methods ranging from social interaction studies in-lab to Big Data studies of social media behaviors.
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Keely Muscatell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
About My Research: Research in the Social Neuroscience and Health Lab at UNC Chapel Hill focuses on understanding how social experiences (e.g., stress, social status, inequality, discrimination, loneliness, social support) influence physical health and emotional well-being, incorporating techniques from social neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology to identify pathways linking the social environment and health outcomes.

Additional Information: You can find more information about our lab and the work we do at our lab website, http://carolinasnhlab.com/overview/.
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Jean Natividade, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
About My Research: I am currently developing research about love relationships and personality. I am interested in verifying how sexual characteristics affect the choice and retention of partners. Our studies include experiments on attractiveness in which we manipulate the expression of personality traits, correlational studies on relationship satisfaction, and use of implicit measures.

Additional Information: For more information, please, see our Lab website: www.L2PS.org
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Yolanda NiemannUniversity of North Texas
About My Research: My research focuses on the social ecological contexts of tokenism, stereotypes, and microaggressions in academia. I am also conducting research on mentorship of graduate and postgraduate students.

Additional Information: The link to my faculty page is http://psychology.unt.edu/faculty/yolanda-flores-niemann.
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Jessica Nolan, University of Scranton
About My Research: My research focuses on the application of psychology to understand and solve social problems. One line of research looks at how and when people are willing to impose social sanctions on environmental transgressors. The other line of research looks at how individuals react to feedback indicating that they are prejudiced.

Additional Information: Students in my research lab will be involved with all aspects of research design and data analysis. In addition, students will be exposed to laboratory, on-line, and field-based research protocols. The University of Scranton is a private, liberal arts University, with a lovely campus located in walking distance of downtown Scranton, PA.
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Kymberlee M. O’Brien, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
About My Research: My research uses physiological indices to examine stress related social psychological topics, including microaggressions, intergroup processes, discrimination, and social evaluative stress. We also examine the more positive social influences on health and physiology including empathy, social belonging, and mindfulness. More recently, we are beginning psychophysiological studies involving social robotics which asks questions about how we perceive humanness in others or objects. My lab is the Social, Health, and Psychophysiology (SHP) Lab at WPI.
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Kristina Olson, University of Washington
About My Research: At the moment, our lab is primarily focused on research on gender identity in gender diverse populations. We are studying what the development of transgender youth looks like, the impact of social support on the well-being of transgender and gender nonconforming people, and what underlies prejudice against transgender people. Throughout the summer we organize several professional development talks (e.g., how do you apply to grad school?, what can you do with a Ph.D?) and social events and would love for a SPUR student to join us in these activities.
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Christopher Oveis, UC San Diego
About My Research: I study how emotions influence social interactions by gathering rich measures of emotion across multiple response channels, including autonomic physiology and nonverbal behavior.
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John Pachankis, Yale University
About My Research: We study LGBT mental health. Our experimental and epidemiological research specifically seeks to identify factors that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental health outcomes. We are a team of social and clinical psychologists who aim to translate our research into treatments for the LGBT community.

Additional Information: More information about our research can be found at: esteem.yale.edu
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Sylvia Perry, Northwestern University
About My Research: We are investigating research questions at the intersection of social cognition and intergroup relations. These include: What are the interpersonal and intergroup consequences of racial bias awareness? How do people perceive those who admit their bias? What are the predictors of White parents’ willingness to discuss race with their children?
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Cynthia Pickett, University of California, Davis
About My Research: I conduct research within the areas of social identity, intergroup relations, the self, social cognition, and social rejection. Current projects include studies examining group identity conflict, collective pride, self-stereotyping in the context of interracial interactions, and barriers to social inclusion.
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Angela Pirlott, Saint Xavier University
About My Research: My research seeks to understand prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination--particularly sexual orientation prejudice--from an affordance management perspective, which suggests that prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination evolved as functional responses to perceived threats and opportunities posed by other groups--stereotypes reflect perceived threats which engage specific emotions and behaviors to mitigate such threats. Saint Xavier University is located in Chicago, IL, which would allow for great extracurricular experiences as well. 
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Kimberly Quinn, DePaul University (website)
About My Research: My current research focuses on how individuals’ representations of themselves and others shape and are shaped by interaction, and in what happens when the “other” includes the physical spaces that the individual inhabits. One focus is the self-transcendent emotion of awe in a variety of public spaces (e.g., museums, parks).

Additional Information: Students interested in our research would have the opportunity to learn interesting methods such as eye tracking and motion tracking. Interested students can't be afraid of new technology or self-directed learning, because we're trying new techniques all the time in my lab and so we're often also in the learning stage!
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Kyle Ratner, UC Santa Barbara (website)
About My Research: One of our ongoing research projects is examining how stigma and discrimination influence reward and punishment processing. To study this issue we are combining methods from experimental social psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Additional Information: Students interested in the social neuroscience of stigma and discrimination would be particularly well suited for this summer research experience.
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Jessica Remedios, Tufts University
About My Research: I study stigma, identity, and intersectionality using experimental methods.
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Lindsey Rodriguez, University of South Florida - St. Petersburg
About My Research: My research incorporates social cognitive and relationship theories with health psychology to focus on understanding and improving relationships, including how relationships are influenced by alcohol/other addictive behaviors, intimate partner violence, jealousy, and interpersonal perceptions. The ultimate goal is to design empirically-based interventions to help individuals struggling with relationship-related stressors. In addition to first-hand exposure to the entire research design and analysis process, professional development activities will be incorporated into the summer experience. Students will design and receive tailored feedback on developing a curriculum vitae, as well as engage in active discussion about the graduate school application process (e.g., how to search for programs and advisors, determine fit in research interests, pre-application advisor contact, personal statement development) as well as broader career development (e.g., internship and non-academic career opportunities).

Additional Information: I consider mentoring high-quality undergraduates and helping them accomplish their goals (e.g., finding a program that excites them, helping them get into graduate school) a very high priority. For more information on my lab, please visit my website at www.USFSP.edu/heart.
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Nick Rule, University of Toronto (website)
About My Research: The Social Perception and Cognition Lab ("SPeCiaL") at the University of Toronto studies just that. We largely explore first impressions based on various nonverbal behaviors. We've recently published studies on sexual orientation ("gaydar"), social class ("resting rich face"), and race, focusing on both basic science and real-world outcomes.

Additional Information: You'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer place than Toronto in the summer.
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Joni Sasaki, University of Hawaii at Manoa (website)
About My Research: My research focuses on how culture and/or religion play a role in understanding thoughts and behaviors. Specifically, I use an integrated biological and socio-cultural approach to conduct basic psychological research on multiple forms of diversity—including ethnic, religious, and biological diversity—in the areas of social cognition and social behavior.
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Donald Saucier, Kansas State University
About My Research: My research interests center on expressions of antisocial and prosocial behavior. Specifically, I am interested in the individual differences and situational factors that contribute to the justification and suppression of antisocial behavior (e.g., prejudice, aggression), as well as to decisions to behave prosocially (e.g., to give or withhold help).

Additional Information: I have an active and productive research lab that prioritizes the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students.
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Benjamin Saunders, Long Island University - Brooklyn
About My Research: The Politics, Race, and Ideology (PRIDE) group at LIU – Brooklyn examines the impact of system-justifying ideologies (i.e., beliefs about the proper order of society that legitimize the status quo) on racial attitudes and racial policy preferences.
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Toni Schmader, UBC
About My Research: My research examines how stereotypes and bias constrain people’s performance and self-views. Research interests include self and social identity, stereotyping and prejudice, coping with social stigma, emotion and motivation, social cognition. Current research focuses on women’s experience of social identity threat in STEM fields and ways to mitigate those effects.

Additional Information: Here is the link to my lab's website: http://socialidentitylab.psych.ubc.ca/ Here is link to the ESS website, a research consortium that I am director of: http://successinstem.ca/ Here is a link to an article about the Social Identity Lab: http://psych.ubc.ca/march-lab-of-the-month-ubcs-social-identity-lab-is-b...
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Juliana Schroeder, UC Berkeley
About My Research: Juliana Schroeder conducts research on the experimental study of social cognition. Her research explores primarily two aspects of how people navigate their social worlds: first, how people form inferences about others' mental states and mental capacities and second, how these inferences influence their interactions. For more information, please see: www.julianaschroeder.com

Additional Information: I'm happy to mentor more than one student.
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Marlene Schwartz, University of Connecticut
About My Research: I direct the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (www.uconnruddcenter.org). Our mission is to promote solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet, and weight bias through research and policy. We study weight stigma, government and charitable food assistance, schools and child care wellness policies, and food marketing to youth.

Additional Information: We are located in Hartford, CT.
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Amanda Sesko, University of Alaska Southeast
About My Research: I focus on the relative invisibility of American Indians/Alaska Natives that occurs when a group representation is outdated and/or erroneous, or misperceived to be outdated. Specifically, I examine how “historical” representations within cultural tourism affect behavioral attributes (e.g., engagement in intelligent and contemporary behaviors) and stereotypes of indigenous groups.

Additional Information: We are currently conducting studies on the topic listed over the summer using tourists that come to Juneau as participants. The research assistant would primarily be involved in this work and thus would be getting a unique experience collecting data from a community-based sample outside of the lab. Juneau offers a rich and unique environment to study social psychological issues. In addition, it is a beautiful place to visit with many opportunities for exploration! See http://www.uas.alaska.edu/dir/aksesko.html for more information on my research.
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Jeffrey Sherman, University of California, Davis
About My Research: My research investigates the cognitive processes underlying social psychology and behavior. In particular, I am interested in how stereotypes and prejudice affect how people perceive themselves, other people, and groups of people.
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Donna Shestowsky, UC Davis School of Law
About My Research: My main objective is to examine assumptions underlying the structure of the legal system and to explore ways in which the system might be improved using psychological research. I am the sole PI of a project which examines how litigants evaluate legal procedures, funded by the NSF and ABA.

Additional Information: I have a law degree and a PhD in Psychology. I normally work with 3-5 law students and one grad student in Psychology at UC Davis. Here is more info: https://law.ucdavis.edu/faculty/shestowsky/ My research this coming year will focus on analyzing my data which compares litigants' perceptions of procedures at the start of their cases with their perceptions at the end of their cases. I plan to teach students to code responses to open-ended questions and have them help me with putting together tables for publications and powerpoint presentations. They will learn about applied research in the area of social psychology.
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Natalie Shook, West Virginia University (website)
About My Research: My lab studies cognitive negativity biases underlying depression/anxiety, and the role mindfulness plays in reducing these biases. We also examine the role of disgust in shaping social attitudes and behavior, and the extent to which intergroup contact reduces prejudice. Finally, we study age differences in affective and cognitive processes.
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H. Colleen Sinclair, Mississippi State University
About My Research: I conduct research on the formation, maintenance, and deterioration of interpersonal relationships, broadly construed.  Foci include: testing social network effects on romantic relationships, examining consequences of social rejection for anti-social vs. pro-social behavior, improving intergroup relations, & studying cross-group relationships (cross-gender friendships, inter-ethnic/inter-faith romantic relationships).

Additional Information: I direct state-of-the-art lab - the Social Relations Collaborative (www.socialrelationslab.com) - at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. We have been funded by Mississippi State's Office of Research, the Center for Open Science, Psi Chi, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Association of Psychological Science, and are in the middle of completing $1.6 million from the National Institute of Justice to undertake a three-year endeavor to examine when rejection leads to aggression in high schools.  We have a large productive lab through which doors approximately 200 undergraduate research assistants have passed and gone onto great things (and 26 graduate students).  We changed the name of the lab to the "Collaborative" to emphasize our commitment to mentorship, cooperation, and growing scholarly relationships.  We would be happy to host students over the summer as we continue to grow.
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Samuel Sommers, Tufts University
About My Research: Experimental research regarding social perception, judgment, behavior, and memory in diverse settings. Much of this work examines how people communicate, think, and interact in interracial contexts, and is motivated by the desire to advance social psychological theory, but also to conduct research with practical implications.
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Stephanie Spielmann, Wayne State University
About My Research: Research conducted in the Relationships and Individual Differences lab aims to better understand how insecurities affect feelings and behaviors within romantic relationships. Much of our research focuses on better understanding pining for ex-partners following a breakup, as well as better understanding the effects of the fear of being single.

Additional Information: The city of Detroit is a great place to visit! The area around campus has many new restaurants and bars, and there is plenty to do from sporting events to the arts.
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Janina Steinmetz, Cass Business School City University of London (website)
About My Research: My research investigates how people pursue their goals with others. For example, when others observe them, people think their actions are bigger (Steinmetz et al., 2016, JPSP). How do other people affect people's thoughts and actions more generally, and is self-regulation different in the company of others versus alone?

Additional Information: Cass Business School, one of Europe’s best business schools, is located in the vibrant heart of London, UK. I’m part of the interdisciplinary Marketing Faculty.
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Chadly Stern, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
About My Research: My research examines how political ideology shapes people's perceptions of the world (e.g., categorizing others into groups), and how these perceptions impact large-scale outcomes (e.g., inequality). My research also addresses questions related to stereotyping and prejudice, with a strong focus on topics concerning race, gender, and the LGBT community.
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Nicole Stephens, Northwestern University (website)
About My Research: My research examines culture as both a source of and solution to inequality in schools and workplaces. We examine how mismatches between the dominant cultures of organizations and the cultures of underrepresented groups in those organizations fuel inequality. We also test theoretically-informed interventions to improve underrepresented groups’ opportunities to succeed.

Additional Information: Our lab includes 2 senior PhD students, 1 post-doc, and 2 lab managers interested in attending graduate school.
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Margaret Stevenson, University of Evansville
About My Research: My research interests focus on the intersection of children, psychology, and the law. Specifically, I study perceptions of children who enter the legal system, either as victims of crime or perpetrators of crime. For instance, I have explored factors (race, abuse history) that shape support for adolescent sex offender registration. I also explore factors that shape jury decision-making, broadly.
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John Tawa, Mount Holyoke College (website)
About My Research: I am interested in the psychology of race-relations.  As an example, some of my past research has examined how perceived competition for resources (e.g., educational, economic) creates greater distance between minority groups (e.g., between Blacks and Asians) relative to both their distances towards the White majority group. While the content of my research focuses on intergroup relations, methodologically I am particularly interested in directly assessing people's "real time" behavior, in lieu of a primary reliance on self-reported behavior.  I find that virtual technology is a particularly powerful medium for assessing intergroup behavior.  For example, in the study described above, I had participants create self-resembling avatars and interact in social events in the virtual world Second Life.  When I introduced a resource competition task in the social event, Black and Asian participants were found to increase their collective physical distance towards each other.  Currently, I am developing a project that uses virtual reality to examine racial bias in police decisions to use lethal force.  Prospective mentees interested in working with me can find out more information on my website (https://thebearslab.com/) and/or contact me directly (jtawa@mtholyoke.edu).  
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Jo-Ann Tsang, Baylor University
About My Research: What are the benefits and limitations of forgiveness and gratitude, and how is religiousness related to these “virtues”? Are there circumstances under which a concept like gratitude might have negative consequences? My laboratory conducts research on religiousness, forgiveness, gratitude, and the psychology of morality. Students from the SPUR program will work closely with a graduate student and myself on a number of ongoing studies in these areas. Students will assist in research design, data collection, and data analyses.
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Jay Van Bavel, New York University
About My Research: Human beings are social animals adapted for group living. Our research examines how collective concerns—ranging from our group identities to our moral values and political ideologies—can shape even the most basic elements of perception and evaluation. We believe these social dynamics are fundamental to understanding the human mind and brain. Our lab takes a social neuroscience approach to these issues, moving from the function of brain regions to large-scale collective action. It is our hope that this approach will help address a range of social issues, including implicit bias, dehumanization, cooperation, justice, partisanship, and intergroup conflict.
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Ashley Votruba, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (website)
About My Research: The Culture, Cognition, and Law (CC&L) lab leverages social psychological theory and empirical research methodology to help inform legal scholars’ and policymakers’ understanding of how cognitive biases, heuristics, and culturally derived cognitive tendencies influence policy and legal decision-making in the areas of torts, criminal law, and family law.

Additional Information: The CC&L lab is a part of the Law-Psychology Program at UNL (https://psychology.unl.edu/psylaw/).

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Greg Walton, Stanford University
About My Research: We examine social-psychological processes that contribute to diverse social problems, and how "wise interventions" can address these problems. For instance, brief interventions to bolster students sense of belonging in the transition to college can reduce achievement gaps at institutional scale (http://collegetransitioncollaborative.org/)For more, see http://gregorywalton-stanford.weebly.com/

Additional Information: More information regarding the CTC can be found at collegetransitioncollaborative.org Feel free to contact Ali Blodorn, the CTC’s Senior Research manager, with any questions (ablodorn@stanford.edu)
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Christian Waugh, Wake Forest University
About My Research: I investigate how people adapt successfully to stress through the flexible use of regulatory strategies. Specifically I focus on the use of positive emotions to adapt to stress and the temporal dynamics of emotional experiences. Methodologically, I investigate these topics using surveys, behavioral and physiological experiments, and functional neuroimaging. We have been very successful in mentoring summer research students in our lab over the years. There may also be opportunities to collaborate with other labs at Wake as well as with labs at Winston Salem State University.
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Oliver Wilhelm, Ulm University
About My Research: Our lab focuses on:
*Construction and evaluation of achievement, ability, and aptitude tests
*Innovative measures for student achievement
*Structure and validity of individual differences in cognitive abilities
*Multivariate methods in general, and measurement & scaling in particular
*Ability related personality constructs
*Socio-emotional abilities like emotion perception, emotion expression, personality faking

Additional Information: While the department is based in Germany, everyone is also fluent in English, so students can work in German or English.
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Anne Wilson, Wilfrid Laurier University
About My Research: My lab members and I investigate questions related to identity (personal, relational, and collective) over time (i.e., constructions of the past and future), lay theories, and how motivation and beliefs shape well-being, subjective perception, interpersonal and intergroup processes, and goal pursuit. Please see my website for more information: https://www.annewilsonpsychlab.com/

Additional Information: I am also a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Successful Societies Program, committed to understanding the antecedents and consequences of social inequality and the processes that reproduce inequality across time.
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Thiyagarajan Yuvaraj, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, India
About My Research: I am doing my research on understanding the personality antecedents of internet overuse and the health consequences among the net geners in India.
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Jamil Zaki, Stanford University
About My Research: ​​Researchers at the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab study social interaction and emotion, with a special emphasis on empathy, prosocial behaviors, and social influence. We use a variety of techniques spanning neuroimaging, psychophysiology, behavioral methods, and social network analysis. We're always looking for talented and enthusiastic researchers; join us!
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Michael Zarate, UT El Paso
About My Research: ​​We study how memory consolidation processes influence social perception. We test how experiences need time to be consolidated with existing memory structures for them to be acted upon in an implicit fashion. We are also testing cultural inertia concepts regarding how a fear of change influences attitudes towards other groups.
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Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Oakland University
About My Research: My primary research interests are in three interrelated areas: (1) dark personality features (e.g., narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, spitefulness), (2) self-esteem, and (3) interpersonal relationships. Though divergent at times, these substantive areas often overlap in my research so that much of my work reflects an integration of these topics.
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JiaWei Zhang, University of Memphis (website)
About My Research: My research focuses on emotions – especially the psychosocial ramification of awe and gratitude, emotion regulation strategy (e.g., self-compassion) upon coping with difficult life events (e.g., breakup, regrets, imperfections), money, time perspective and aging, nature and prosocial behaviors, social hierarchy (status, class, power), as well as experiential consumption) and happiness.
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