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Department ofPsychology

Social Cognition and Comparison Lab

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, data analyses, and presenting data or writing manuscripts. Weekly Zoom lab meetings take place Mondays at 10:30 am. The Social Cognition and Comparison lab is not currently recruiting new RAs—but check back later in the 2020/2021 school year for potential openings.