Social Cognition & Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Laboratory


The Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Laboratory at Northwestern University is a social psychological science research lab utilizing experimental, descriptive, survey, online, and laboratory methods. 

Current Research


The Interaction Project

Our most recent work seeks to better understand how people think about, interact with, and talk to each other about other groups of people who are different from them. This could include people of a different weight, religion, ethnicity, physical ability, or sexual orientation. For more information click here.


Nonverbal Behavior and the Spread of Bias

One line of work, led by our collaborator Dr. Allison Skinner (at the University of Georgia), investigates whether exposure to nonverbal bias can actually create social biases. Additionally, she investigates the spread of bias. For more information click here.

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Bias Awareness

One aspect of our work investigates the positive and negative consequences of racial bias awareness. Specifically, we examine individual differences in Whites’ awareness and concern about displaying prejudice and the social consequences of this (bias) awareness. For more information click here.

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How do we Perceive People who Admit their Biases?

In a new line of work, the SCIP Lab is investigating how people perceive those who are bias aware. For more information click here.

Social Perception, Bias, and Identity

This research, which is led by graduate student James Wages, includes investigating the specific processes involved with social perception, bias, and identity as related to prominent intersectional social identities and group memberships. (e.g., race, sex, sexuality, gender expression, and class).  For more information click here.

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Academic Fit and Psychological Well-being

Another line of research in the SCIP Lab investigates the individual difference and situational level factors that influence how underrepresented groups (e.g., women and racial minorities) deal with academic stressors. For more information click here.