Lauren Human, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Social Perception and Expression
Department of Psychology, McGill University
Lab email: human-lab[at]mcgill.ca
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Lauren Gazzard Kerr
My main area of research focuses on how an accurate first impression relates to social and psychological outcomes for the target, perceiver, and dyad. I am interested in how this association may differ depending on the context of the first impression and other moderating factors. Additionally, I am also interested in how shared perspectives in romantic relationships predict positive relationship processes, and whether machine learning algorithms can accurately predict personality across contexts.
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.
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.
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.
I have been the lab coordinator for the Social Interaction & Perception lab for the last year and a half. I graduated from McGill in May 2019 with a B.Comm. in International Management and a minor in Psychology. I will be pursuing my graduate studies in experimental psychology at McGill University in the fall where I will study the influence of life transitions on close relationships!
I graduated from McGill this spring, having worked within the SIP lab for the past two years. This summer, I will primarily be working on a manuscript with Lauren Gazzard Kerr based on my Honours theses, which looked at interpersonal accuracy in romantic contexts. I will also be working with Jennifer Heyman on the Couples Study, as well as helping with the various exciting studies going on in the lab. Next year, I will begin my graduate studies in clinical psychology at Concordia University.
I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Behavioural Science and Anthropology. I have always been passionate about the discipline of Psychology and how the mind affects aspects of our everyday lives, from behaviour to cognition. Volunteering for the Social Interaction and Perception laboratory has provided me with valuable research skills necessary to pursue graduate studies in Psychology, and I am looking forward to gaining more experience!
I am a fourth year undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and English Literature at McGill University while also pursuing a minor in Behavioral Science. I am incredibly interested in personality and the various social impacts of first impressions. I hope to pursue a future in Psychology by taking my studies to the graduate level. Working in the Lab has taught me a lot about practical experimental skills and has helped prepare me for a future in research. I look forward to learning even more and gaining valuable experiences here at the SIP lab.
I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and English Literature. Psychology has always been an interest of mine, as it impacts so much of our everyday lives and interactions. Our minds determine so much of who we are, so I’ve always found it important to study how it functions! Once I complete my fourth year and graduate from McGill, I plan on continuing my psychology studies in graduate school. Volunteering at the SIP lab has been very informative and given me a lot of insight as to how psychology lab research is conducted while still being very fun and exciting!
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