The Social Perception and Intergroup Inequality lab is housed in the Psychology Department of Cornell University (PI: Amy Krosch).
We aim to understand the persistent and wide-spread inequalities that exist between groups in America. We investigate social and economic factors that amplify discrimination, and the basic social-cognitive, perceptual, and emotional processes through which the goals and motivations of decision makers influence their behavior toward members of their own and other groups.
Our lab takes a multilevel approach to research, integrating ideas and methods from experimental social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral decision-making, and psychophysics.
Through this approach, we hope to advance psychological theories of intergroup bias, address basic questions about the flexibility of social cognition and perception, and ultimately inform interventions aimed at reducing group-based disparities in socio-economic and health outcomes.
Our lab respects and values the full spectrum of human diversity in race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, body type, socio-economic background, age, disability, and national origin. We strive for inclusion and diversity in achievement and sustained excellence through our research, training, and outreach, and actively seek to promote people underrepresented in psychology. Students of color, women, first generation students, and other underrepresented folks are strongly encouraged to apply to join the lab.
Lab News & EVENTS
5/9/19: Mikaela Spruill and Stephanie Tepper have been awarded the Center for the Study of Inequality’s Graduate Student Seed Grant for their research proposal entitled Increasing Support for Reparations: The Role of Framing, Stereotype Endorsement, and Structural Beliefs about Inequality, which will be used to study the factors influencing people's attitudes towards reparations with the aim of promoting support for these policies and programs. Congratulations, Mikaela and Stephanie!
1/4/19: Congratulations to Amy Krosch on being designated a APS Rising Star!
1/4/19: Amy Krosch will be hosting a table at the SPSP mentor lunch on Friday, February 8th from 12:30-1:45pm. The topic will be “Thriving as an Underrepresented Minority in Academia: Overcoming Challenges and Creating Safer Spaces."
11/14/18: Congratulations to our very own Mikaela Spruill, Stephanie Tepper, and Rachel King who, along with a couple of their fellow first year Psychology graduate students, placed first in Statistics focused trivia night!
9/6/18: Stephanie Tepper will be a panelist for a professional development session (“Post-bac career exploration in Social/Personality psychology”) at SPSP 2019.
9/6/18: Mikaela Spruill will be presenting a poster (“Challenging the status quo: System Justification theory and impressions of activists”) at SPSP 2019
9/6/18: Rachel King will be presenting a poster (“Attention to social relationship cues predicts school success in early childhood”) at SPSP 2019
8/9/18: Stephanie Tepper will be presenting a poster entitled “Invoking busyness to nudge tax preparation choices” at the 2018 SJDM meeting
5/2/18: Suzy Park successfully defends her honors thesis: "The changing face of race in a "majority-minority" America: Perceptual effects of advanced minority social status" - Way to go SUZY!!!!
11/8/17: Congratulations to Suzy Park! Suzy received both an Einhorn Discovery Grant and a Cornell Undergraduate Research Grant for her honors thesis.
10/14/17: Talk by Amy Krosch & Mina Cikara : 'Learning from in-group and out-group peers guides discriminatory behavior' at SESP 2017