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
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.
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.