Research

Sam Sommers working with students in his lab

We are experimental social psychologists who seek to better understand, document, and confront racism. For a sense of past research projects in the lab, please see the Publications page. Current lab research projects include:

  • How people respond to others’ assertions of racism
  • Racial differences in perceptions of police policy and practice
  • Racism as trauma: the psychological, physiological, and neural consequences of experiencing discrimination

    We study interpersonal and contextual influences on racially biased perception, judgment, and behavior. We study how people communicate, think, and interact in interracial contexts. 

    More generally, we aspire to conduct research with practical implications for ameliorating racial inequities in domains including higher education, the workplace, the criminal justice system, and popular media coverage. We are committed to theoretically grounded, rigorous scientific investigation that promotes anti-racist objectives.

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