Research Labs in Social Psychology

The Social Psychology Program at CU hosts active research in a broad range of areas including stereotyping and prejudice, judgment and decision making, health, relationships, evolutionary psychology, and social neuroscience.

CU Change Lab

At the CUChange lab we seek to conduct transdisciplinary research to explore the social, psychological, physiological, and genetic factors that are linked with health behavior. We believe that a better understanding of the full range of influences on health behavior will allow better tailoring of behavioral interventions to increase health behavior and decrease morbidity and mortality.
Supervising Faculty: Angela Bryan
Lab web page: CU Change Lab 

CU Social Neuroscience Lab

The CU Social Neuroscience Lab addresses social psychological issues using a multi-level perspective that integrates psychological and physiological measures. We focus in particular on issues related to prejudice, stereotyping, attitudes, emotion, and face perception using psychophysiological and neuroscience measures. The lab is housed in the psychology building and is equipped for the collection of event-related brain potentials (ERPs), facial electromyography (EMG), heart rate, and skin conductance. Studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are conducted in collaboration with the Brain Imaging Center at the CU Health Sciences Center in Denver.
Supervising Faculty: Tiffany Ito, Chris Loersch
Lab web page: CU Social Neuroscience Lab

CU Stereotyping and Prejudice (CUSP) Lab

The CUSP lab is composed of social psychologists with common interests in a broad array of research questions relating to stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. Our research explores issues concerning factors that influence the development and expression of valenced beliefs about social groups. It also encompasses work on the consequences of these beliefs for both intergroup relations and public policy issues. Fundamental to our work is a deep concern about the multifaceted nature of group perceptions and the ways in which explicitly expressed beliefs or sentiments may or may not be consistent with those assessed at the implicit, automatic, or more spontaneous level. We are also interested in the ways in which the social positions occupied by perceivers, such as whether they are or are not members of dominant, majority groups in society, influence group stereotypes and sentiments. And finally, we are interested in naive theories or ideologies that perceivers espouse about the different ways in which intergroup hostility might be reduced.
Supervising Faculty: Irene BlairJosh CorrellTiffany ItoChick Judd, Chris Loersch, and Bernadette Park
Lab web page: CUSP Lab

Emotion Decision Judgment and Intuition (EDJI) Lab

The EDJI laboratory investigates the interplay between Emotions, Decisions, Judgments, and Intuitions. The lab's theoretical and methodological base lies in the fields of social and cognitive psychology, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary field of judgment and decision-making. The JEDI lab is concerned with understanding and improving everyday experience, thought, and behavior.
Supervising Faculty: Leaf Van Boven
Lab webpage: EDJI Lab

Evolution and Social Cognition Lab

How do people decide whom to help, whom to harm, whom to befriend, and whom to avoid? In the Evolution and Social Cognition Lab, we try to shed light on these perennial social-psychological topics by integrating principles from cognitive and evolutionary psychology. To do so, we use a theoretical approach in which we consider how psychological mechanisms process inputs from the environment to adaptively regulate social emotions and behavior.
Supervising Faculty: Eric Pedersen
Lab webpage: ESC Lab

Social Automaticity Lab

In the Social Automaticity Lab we are interested in the cognitive processes that influence social judgment, behavior, and motivation outside of conscious awareness. Our work seeks to understand both the basic cognitive mechanisms that underlie these effects and how such processes serve our species' intense social needs. We also examine the impact of alcohol consumption on these mental processes and their neural underpinnings as measured using event-related brain potentials (in collaboration with the CU Social Neuroscience Lab).
Supervising Faculty: Chris Loersch
Lab webpageSocial Automaticity Lab