Lab Members

Lab Director

Lauren_websiteLauren Human, PhD

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

Lab email: human-lab[at]

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Graduate Students

Lauren Gazzard Kerr
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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

I am a fourth-year PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology. My research focuses on accurate self-expression. A current line of investigation involves the role of psychological and social well-being in accurately expressing one’s personality and emotions. I am currently conducting in-lab experiments and field studies examining accuracy in first impressions as well as close relationships.

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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 Coordinators

Finance Coordinator

Megan Peters

Megan Peters

I will be working as the Finance Coordinator for the SIP Lab this year. I will also be involved in the SIP Lab as a research student and will be assisting with Hasagani’s research studying metaperceptions, a concept that refers to the beliefs someone holds about how another individual is perceiving them. I am a fourth-year undergraduate student in Honours Psychology with a minor in European Literature and Culture. I am delighted for the opportunity to participate in the SIP lab this year!

Team Coordinator

Zoe Fargnoli Brown


I am currently working as the Team Coordinator for the SIP Lab for the 2020-21 academic year. I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Behavioural Science and Political Science. This year, I will also be working alongside Marie-Catherine on a research project examining how behaving in line with one’s authentic self is linked to being more accurately perceived. I am very much looking forward to gaining more research experience with the SIP Lab, and I later intend on pursuing graduate studies in Psychology!

Undergraduate Students

Research Students

Christophe Gagné


I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Behavioural Science and Philosophy. I am fascinated by social bond formation and the factors that influence the ability to infer other’s thoughts and feelings (empathic accuracy). This year, I will be conducting a research project exploring the link between bio-behavioural synchrony (the alignment of one’s behaviours and physiological markers with those of another), empathic accuracy and attachment bond formation under the supervision of Marie-Catherine. I plan on pursuing my graduate studies in Psychology.

Rose-Marie Guérard


I am a third-year undergraduate Honours Psychology student, and I am also minoring in Economics. I am involved in the SIP Lab as a research assistant and research student. This year, I will be conducting a research project under the supervision of Hasagani, and I will be exploring the association between meta-accuracy (the accuracy of the beliefs we hold about how other individuals perceive us) and personality-behaviour congruence. I am particularly interested in the fields of social and personality psychology, and I plan on pursuing my graduate studies in Clinical Psychology.

Sal Cuthbertson


Hello! I’m Sal Cuthbertson, a fourth-year Honours Psychology student with a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. I am currently working on a thesis at the laboratory looking at the possible link between mobile communication and empathic accuracy in romantic couples. I also help out with the SMAP study, which looks at first impressions made via social media profiles. I love my work at the laboratory and hope to stay involved after I complete my project. Following graduation, I want to pursue a Masters/Ph.D. in either Family and Marriage Therapy or Counselling Psychology. Hopefully one day I can run my own clinic and provide relationship therapy to couples in need. Fingers crossed!

Research Assistants

Jamie Cecere


Hi! I am currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Behavioural Science and Sociology. I am particularly interested in the causes and consequences of social perception and expression and how accurate percepts impact well-being, social relations, and physical health. I am beyond excited to be joining the SIP Lab this year to gain further experience and to assist with the current research. After I graduate from McGill, I plan on pursing graduate studies in Counselling Psychology.

Yangyilin Guo


I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Behavioral Science and East Asian Studies. As we are constantly interacting with other people in our daily life and at the same time forming impressions of them, I am very interested in discovering how accurate impressions are formed and the consequences of accurate impression formation. I am excited to participate in the SIP lab and to learn more about the topic while gaining valuable research experience, as I plan on pursuing my graduate studies in Psychology once I complete my undergraduate studies.

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I am a third year undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I have always been fascinated by social interactions. More specifically, I am interested in how certain personality traits can affect the way we initiate and navigate social interactions as well as romantic relationships. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the SIP Lab this year to contribute to such interesting research! In the future I hope to pursue graduate studies in Psychology.

Axelle Lalumière


I am a second year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Art History. I have always been interested in human relationships as well as how our perception and our first impressions of people affect these bonds. Because of this, I am very excited to be apart of the SIP Lab as an assistant helping out graduate students in their research. After graduating from McGill, I hope to continue my studies in the field of clinical psychology, more specifically with children.

Madeleine Morris


Hi there! I am currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Environment and Russian Language. I am interested in how the perception of social information influences behaviour, and the role of this information in shaping one’s personality. I am excited to gain more research experience and look forward to assisting the SIP Lab as well as pursuing psychological research of my own in graduate school!

Sidra Manzoor

Hello! I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice studies. As a volunteer with the SIP lab, I am especially interested in metaperceptions and the perceptual (in)accuracy involved in social interaction. In the future, I plan to work with vulnerable and minority subpopulations by selectively drawing from my Psychology Major and my minor.


Lab Coordinators

Alexa Meilleur (Counselling PhD Student at UQAM)
Cleo Bertrand
Catalina Enestrom (Experimental PhD Student at McGill University)
Camila Bahn (M.Sc. Organizational Development at HEC Montréal)
Una Jojich-White (MA Counselling Psychology at Yorkville 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
Cynthia Cui
Simone Brenner
Shanell Fan (MA Mental Health Counseling at Boston University)
Bahar Pasalar
Katia Kutlesa
Jessie Geng
Lily Sefranek

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 (PhD in I/O Psychology at University of Minnesota starting Fall 2021)
Stephanie de Silva (M.Sc Cognitive and Decision Sciences at University College London)
Gabrielle Marchand (M.Ed. Counselling Psychology at University of Ottawa)
Sabrina Rao
Marilyne Dragon (MA Research and Clinical Training at Concordia University)

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