PI: Katy Bruchmann
The Social Cognition and Comparison Lab has two main areas of research. First, is social comparison or how people's perceptions of themselves are affected by comparisons with other people. Within this area, we are conducting research on body image social comparisons, moral social comparisons, and how individual differences in traits like anxiety, narcissism, and negative emotions can change the way social comparison information is used. The second line of research we are investigating is on political stereotypes and how these stereotypes can influence our willingness to befriend people from the same or opposing political parties.
Participation in the Social Cognition and Comparison lab involves helping with data collection, data entry and coding, preparation of study materials, and data analyses. RAs should expect to contribute 5-6 hours of work per week. The Social Cognition and Comparison lab is not currently recruiting new RAs—but check back later in the 2019/2020 school year.