The Navigating Intergroup Contexts and Emotions Lab examines the ways in which people’s social group memberships influence their experiences in diverse social contexts. We also study how the way people manage their emotions in intergroup contexts impacts their behavioral, psychological, and physiological outcomes. The lab takes a social scientific approach to investigate these questions. See below for a few research questions related to our ongoing research projects.

Social Identity Threat and Academic Achievement

How do group-based threats to social identity (e.g., stereotype threat, group-based discrimination) shape biological and psychological stress responses?

What role do biological and psychological stress responses play in shaping educational outcomes?

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Coping with Discrimination: An Emotion Regulation Approach

How do marginalized individuals regulate their emotions in response to group-based discrimination?

What emotion regulation strategies are effective in helping marginalized individuals content with group-based discrimination?

How do emotion regulation strategies influence collective action?

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Fostering Positive Intergroup Interactions

Does the adoption of learning (vs. performance) goals foster positive interaction experiences in challenging interracial interactions? Do learning (vs. performance) goals promote positive interaction experiences in other challenging interaction contexts such as such as interactions between those who have opposing political views?

How do cross-gender interracial interactions shape people’s experiences?

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