Lab Members

Lab Director

Lauren Human, PhDDr human

Canada Research Chair in Social Perception and Expression
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, McGill University

Lab email: human-lab[at]

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Graduate Students

Lauren Gazzard
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The general approach to my research involves the consequences of accurate social perceptions. Specifically, I am interested in the perceptions we make in romantic relationships and how they influence relationship quality, outcome and overall well-being. I am also interested in teamwork and how perceptions of team members and the associated dynamics influence psychological well-being, and academic/career achievements.


Jennifer Heyman

The goal of my research is to see how technology affects social interactions. Specifically, I am looking at how the presence of mobile devices affects in-person interactions and how communicating via different technological mediums affects relationship initiation and development.


Marie-Catherine Mignault
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Who are the good judges of others’ personalities? In my research, I seek to understand the mechanisms that promote accuracy of social perception. Specifically, I investigate how psychological, social, and biological characteristics influence how accurately we see others, and are seen by others. I look at these questions in the context of first impressions and romantic relationships.


Hasagani Tissera
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In the SIP lab, I will be mainly focusing on how metaperceptions (i.e. beliefs of what others think of you) affect quality and persistence of romantic relationships. When is it helpful to accurately know what others think of you and when is it beneficial to be blind to what others think of you? I am also interested in examining the mechanisms underlying the link between metaperceptions and social outcomes, especially in the context of romantic relationships.

Lab Coordinator


Catalina Enestromwebsitepic

I am the research coordinator for the Social Interaction & Perception lab for the upcoming year. I graduated from McGill in December 2017 with a B.Comm. in International Management with a minor in Psychology. I plan to pursue studies in experimental psychology and am hoping to get more hands on experience in the lab. I’m excited to work with the different projects planned this year and to be a part of the SIP Lab team!


Study Coordinator

Cleo BertrandDSC_8311

Hi! I am a third-year student completing a B.A. with a major in Psychology and minors in Behavioural Sciences and in East Asian Studies. I am concurrently carrying out a research project in behavioural medicine and I hope to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology with a focus on social perception and internalizing disorders in youth. I am thrilled to work on all the exciting projects taking place here at the SIP Lab!

Undergraduate Students

Honours students


Jamie Borenstein-Laurie

I’m a second year student at McGill, currently pursuing an Honours Psychology degree with a minor in Sociology. For my Honours project,I’ll be working with Lauren Gazzard to study the role of forming accurate first impressions in the context of romantic interactions. In addition to Social Psychology, I’m interested in looking at the roles that sexuality and gender play in an individual’s psychosocial well-being. I hope to be able to apply the invaluable research experience I’m gaining in the SIP lab toward my future graduate studies in Clinical Psychology.


Sophie ZhaoIMG_7560

I am completing a Joint Honours in Psychology and Sociology at McGill University. I am fascinated by the ways in which people fall in love, stay in love, and fail at love in the 21st century. This year, I will be working with Jennifer Heyman to examine the effects of technology on romantic relationships. I’m also interested in immigration policy, human rights law, and efforts to reduce global inequality.


Jamie LibensteinIMG_2811

I am a third year honours psychology student at McGill University. This year I will becompleting my second honours project under Lauren Gazzard’s supervision in the Social Interaction and Perception lab. We will be studying first impressions and the effects these impressions have on group interactions and teamwork. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I am hoping to continue on to graduate school in clinical psychology or counseling (fingers crossed!).


Yannick Pelletier yannick

My name is Yannick Pelletier and I am currently in my second year at McGill University working on my undergraduate degree in honours psychology. I am currently working at the SIP Lab for my first thesis. I am working with Marie-Catherine Mignault on her project called MAG which researches which traits in a person allows somebody to rise as a leader in a group setting and how these traits are perceived. Post-graduation I would like to be a CEGEP teacher or University professor.


Ashley Brown NotargiacomoIMG_1793

I’m a third year honours student at McGill University completing a major in psychology and a minor in business management. I am currently completing my senior honours research project in the Social Interaction and Perception Lab. More specifically, I will be working with Jennifer Heyman to investigate the effects of technology on romantic relationships. After graduation, I hope to continue doing research related to relationships and become a clinical psychologist.


Pushkar Seewooruttunpushkar

I am a second year student at McGill University, completing an Honours Psychology degree. I am interested in how persons accurately form and perceive first impressions. I will be working with Marie-Catherine Mignault in the SIP lab on the project MAG which examines the personalities, physiological aspects, and social consequences of morally exceptional individuals and if these individuals are correctly perceived in groups. Post-graduation, I would like to go to law school.

Volunteer Research Assistants


Imane Saadi

I am a first year student majoring in Psychology at McGill. From a young age, psychology and human behaviour have been a great interest of mine. That is one of the reasons why I am currently volunteering as a research assistant for the Social Interaction and Perception lab. I plan to continue my undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of psychology and specialize myself along the way. Being part of the team and helping in different projects is an exciting and enriching experience!


Joao Vitor Paes de Mello de CamargoIMG_20170709_151229 (1)

I am a second year student at McGill, completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and minors in Behavioural Science and Political Science. I am very interested in the ways social interaction and perception shape individuals’ lives, such as in their personality and mental health.



Jhanvi Shethiajhanvi.png

I’m a U3 student, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Behavioural Science and Management. I’m fascinated by the implications of accurate social perception in different contexts and since I’m minoring in management, I would love to see how this understanding can be used in business functions like marketing and human resource management. Working at the SIP lab is an amazing foundation for this.


Nimra AdilIMG_5401

I am a third-year student completing a double major in Psychology and Political Science at McGill. The ways in which humans’ form perceptions about themselves and others through interactions has always fascinated me. By volunteering at the SIP Lab, I hope to learn more about the mechanisms that underlie romantic human behaviour. In the future, I plan on going to law school to specialize in neurology or health law.


Negin Zamani


I am completing my second bachelor’s degree at McGill, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Behavioural Science. My first degree is in the field of Nursing and Psychiatric nursing, but I have since developed a great enthusiasm regarding psychological aspects of humans. I am highly interested in humanistic approaches in psychology, such as the Choice Theory and the Existentialism approach. I would like to investigate how these humanistic approaches could affect our social perception. Having this opportunity to be a member of the SIP lab is certainly a precious experience for me to broaden my understanding regarding both theoretical and experimental aspects of psychology.


Volunteers                   Research Students

Eugenia Wilson                                                   Charlene Zhang
Judy Fung                                                             Simone Chad-Friedman
Grace Gao                                                             Jishian Ravinthiran
Emma Cocatre-Zilgien                                       Sierra Skoropada
Mary-Elizabeth Power                                       Lia Elbaz
Annabelle Cournoyer
Chelsea Smith

Lab Coordinators

Alexa Meilleur

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