Research

My on-going projects involve five different but interrelated topics: 

Minimal groups, real groups, and origins of biases

Automatic encoding of social categories

Social structure and inequality

Cooperation and morality

Bias intervention

 

 

A brief description of some studies

 

DO CHILDREN DEVELOP WEAKER INGROUP BIASES FOR THE LESS MEANINGFUL GROUPS?

Even in randomly-assigned, previously unfamiliar, and presumably meaningless groups, young children already imbue groups with rich meanings and develop strong ingroup biases. In order to truly reduce biases, one has go to great lengths, for example trying really hard to stress that the group assignment is totally arbitrary. Take a look at the this research (PDF).

 

AUTOMATIC ENCODING OF GENDER AND RACE

We found that perceivers can automatically encode gender and race, such that they are faster and more accurate in detecting a change in facial identities that cross a category boundary compared to a change that happens within categories. We also showed that such ability can not be accounted for by lower-level perceptual differences that covary with categories.

 

Learn more about research in our lab led by Dr. Yarrow Dunham