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 Kerr
lauren.gazzard@mail.mcgill.calauren g

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.


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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

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

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

Una Jojich-White

I am currently working in SIP lab as the Lab Coordinator for the 2019-20 academic year. I graduated from Concordia University in 2017 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies of Sexuality. I am presently completing a certificate in Women’s Studies at Concordia University. I wish to pursue graduate studies in experimental psychology in the future.

Undergraduate Students

Research Students

FullSizeRender-1Gabrielle Marchand

I’m currently a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Behavioural Science and Anthropology. I volunteered as a Research Assistant in the Social Interaction and Perception laboratory throughout Summer 2019, which has provided me with valuable research skills, as well as unforgettable relationships and memories! This academic year, I’ll be working on a research project alongside PhD candidate Marie-Catherine Mignault on how psychological characteristics predict how individuals interact and perceive each other in interpersonal relationships. I’m looking forward to gaining more research experience, as well as pursuing graduate studies in Psychology!


Marilyne Dragon


I am a third-year Honours Psychology student, with a minor in French Literature.This year, I will be doing my second Honours thesis project. I will be working with PhD student Jennifer Heyman and I will be looking at the influence of technology on perceptions accuracy in romantic relationships. I am really interested in the underlying mechanisms of relationships, and I look forward to learn more on the subject throughout the year. My experience in the SIP Lab will definitely help me in my graduate studies, which I intend to pursue in the near future.

Sabrina Rao 

SIP Lab Photo SabrinaI am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Honours Psychology and minoring in Linguistics. In the upcoming year, I will be working with Lauren G. to study the formation of social impressions by human and computer perceivers. I am excited to learn more about the intersection between technology and impression formation. Conducting my research project at the SIP Lab will allow me to explore interesting new topics and acquire valuable skills that I can apply to my graduate studies


Megan Peters 

Megan PetersI am a third-year undergraduate student in Honours Psychology with a minor in European Literature and Culture. I will be involved in Hasagani’s research this year studying metaperceptions, a concept that refers to the beliefs someone holds about how another individual is perceiving them. I find this topic to be very intriguing and am excited to explore the processes involved in forming metaperceptions, and the particular mechanisms that might cause someone to be a more accurate metaperceiver. I am delighted for the opportunity to contribute to research conducted in the SIP lab this year!


Research Assistants

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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.


Shanell Fan
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!


Simone Brenner

Simone BrennerI am a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Marketing and Behavioral Science at McGill University. I am very interested in the research aspect of psychology and looking to apply social research towards the practice of clinical psychology and counseling in my future. I am so happy to be gaining valuable experience in laboratory techniques and delving into the perceptions and motivations that lead to and affect different interpersonal interactions. I am also passionate about mental health awareness and education on the McGill campus and the greater Montreal community and am Vice President External for the Students in Mind Mental Health Conference in Montreal. I plan on continuing my studies in psychology in graduate school abroad after my time at McGill.


Jessie Geng


I am a fourth year undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology andMathematics with a minor in Educational Psychology. Since humans are such social beings, I’m incredibly interested in learning more about how our impressions of others and our relationships can have an impact on different aspects of our lives. This will be my first year volunteering in the SIP lab and I’m extremely excited to gain some firsthand research experience while also working with some amazing people!


Katia Kutlesa 

70681851_2261719087414843_6636792866909716480_nI am currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and with a double minor in Behavioural Science and Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice Studies. I have always been interested in Psychology. Since I have been studying Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology have been my main area of focus. While participating and contributing at the SIP Lab, I hope to learn more about impressions and gain valuable experience in research. Upon completing my undergraduate studies, I plan on pursuing my graduate studies in Psychology.


Zoe Fargnoli Brown 

I’m a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Political Science and Behavioural Science. Although I have always been fascinated by the field of psychology, my primary interests include personality, interpersonal interactions, and the formation of relationships. I look forward to gaining valuable knowledge and research experience at the SIP lab, and I hope to later pursue graduate studies in Psychology.


Lab Coordinators

Alexa Meilleur (Counselling PhD Student at UQAM)
Cleo Bertrand
Catalina Enestrom (Experimental PhD Student at McGill University)


Eugenia Wilson
Judy Fung
Grace Gao
Emma Cocatre-Zilgien
Mary-Elizabeth Power
Annabelle Cournoyer
Chelsea Smith
Jhanvi Shethia
Nimra Adil
Negin Zamani
JV Camargo
Jessica Haight
Imane Saadi
Stephanie Da Silva

Research Students

Charlene Zhang
Simone Chad-Friedman
Jishian Ravinthiran
Sierra Skoropada
Lia Elbaz
Jamie Borenstein-Laurie (Clinical PhD Student at Concordia)
Ashley Brown Notargiacomo
Pushkar Seewooruttun
Yannick Pelletier
Lavanya Virmani
Sophia Thierry (Experimental PhD Student at Brock University)
Emily Schwartzman (Experimental PhD Student at University of Toronto)
Vivien Lee



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