about us

The Northwestern Social Cognition Lab investigates the the basic mental processes underlying social behavior. We investigate a wide range of issues in the areas of attitudes, social cognition, and intergroup relations, with a particular focus on person perception, the processes through which we form impressions and evaluations of others. We also investigate how basic research in the area of attitudes and social cognition can be used to understand consumer behavior and promote sustainable patterns of consumption.

We hold a weekly joint lab meeting on Friday afternoons with the Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes Lab headed by Professor Sylvia Perry. Check out their website here.

SCL Members

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Galen Bodenhausen

Lab Director

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Jordan Daley

Graduate student in the Social Psychology program

Natalie Gallagher

Graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology program

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Chris Petsko

Graduate student in the Social Psychology program

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Sirenia Sánchez

Graduate student in the Social Psychology program

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James Wages

Graduate student in the Social Psychology program

SCL Alumni

  • Monika Bauer (Graduate student, 2006-10) Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

  • Sapna Cheryan (Honors student, 1997-98) Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Washington

  • Katja Corcoran (Postdoc, 2004-05) Professor of Social Psychology, University of Graz

  • Maureen Craig (Graduate student, 2009-14) Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University

  • Natalie Daumeyer (Graduate student, 2014-16) Graduate student, Yale University

  • Mesmin Destin (Honors student, 2004-05) Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Northwestern University

  • Xiaomeng Fan (Graduate student, 2016-19) Assistant Professor of Marketing, ShanghaiTech University

  • Shira Gabriel (Graduate student, 1995-2000) Associate Professor of Psychology, SUNY at Buffalo

  • Bertram Gawronski (Postdoc, 2002-04) Professor and David Wechsler Regents Chair in Psychology, University of Texas

  • Rick Harnish (Graduate student, 1987-92) Professor of Psychology, Penn State University - New Kensington

  • Xiaoqing Hu (Graduate student, 2011-14) Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Hong Kong

  • Kurt Hugenberg (Graduate student, 1998-2003) Professor of Psychology, Indiana University

  • Sonia Kang (Postdoc, 2010-11) Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, University of Toronto

  • Jung Kim (Graduate student, 2011-16) Assistant Professor of Marketing, Singapore Management University

  • Ryan Lei (Graduate student, 2012-17) Assistant Professor of Psychology, Haverford College

  • Thomas Mussweiler (Postdoc, 1998-99) Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

  • Todd Nelson (Graduate student, 1992-96) Professor of Psychology, California State University, Stanislaus

  • Destiny Peery (Graduate student, 2006-12) Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University

  • David Perrott (Graduate student, 1999-2003) David Perrott & Associates trial consulting

  • Kimberly Quinn (Postdoc, 2000-02) Associate Professor of Psychology, DePaul University

  • Andrew Todd (Graduate student, 2004-09) Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California at Davis

  • James Wilkie (Graduate student, 2007-12) Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Notre Dame

  • Jim Wirth (Honors student, 2002-03) Assistant Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University Newark

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