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about us

The Northwestern Social Cognition Lab investigates the the basic mental processes under-lying 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 in-vestigate 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 ARE A CARBON NEUTRAL LAB under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Climate Neutral Now program.

SCL Members

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Galen Bodenhausen

Lab Director


Lourdes Castillo Silva

Graduate student in the Social Psychology program


Graduate student in the Social Psychology program

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Sirenia Sánchez

Graduate student in the Social Psychology program

SCL Alumni

  • Sapna Cheryan (Honors student, 1997-98) 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

  • 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) Professor of Psychology, SUNY at Buffalo

  • Natalie Gallagher (Graduate student, 2015-2021) Postdoctoral Fellow & Data Scientist, Princeton University

  • 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) Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Hong Kong

  • Joshua Inwald (Honors student, 2016-18) Graduate Student, Psychology, University of Southern California

  • 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) Lead Behavioral Scientist, Grab

  • 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) Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice (Harvard)

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

  • Chris Petsko (Graduate student, 2014-20) Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

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

  • James Wages III (Graduate student, 2015-2021) Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Central Arkansas

  • James Wilkie (Graduate student, 2007-12) Product Data Scientist, Fetch Rewards

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

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