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 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!
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!
I am a third year student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Behavioural Science and Sociology and hope to pursue my graduate studies in Public Health. I am interested in learning about different factors that affect social interactions and close relationships. Gaining research experience at the SIP Lab is an extremely exciting opportunity and I am thrilled to be a part of it!
I am a third-year student completing my B.Sc. in Honours Psychology with a minor in Linguistics, hoping to go on to study experimental psychology at the graduate level. I have a longstanding passion for social psychology, and I’m particularly interested in the implicit processes which underlie close relationships. I’m excited for the opportunity to study some of these processes with the SIP lab this year!
I am a third year student competing a major in Psychology and minor in Behavioural Science and French. I am interested in learning more about how social behaviours influence how individuals are perceived by others and hope to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. I love helping out with all of the studies in the lab and am really looking forward to completing a research project with the SIP Research Group!
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!
Stephanie da Silva
I am a third-year student double majoring in Psychology and Sociology, and minoring in Marketing. I’m very interested in the field of psychology, and I’m looking forward to studying social interaction and interpersonal impressions from a psychological, sociological, and biological perspective. In the future, I hope to continue studying psychology as a graduate student. Volunteering in the SIP Lab is a very exciting opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to gaining research experience and learning new skills!
I am a third-year Psychology Major at McGill University, with a double Minor in Behavioural Science and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, Social Justice (GSFS). My primary interests include obtaining insight into the best approaches to gaining male allyship in the prevention of violence against women; research on bullying in the workplace; and analyzing how narratives of invisible disability could offer a theoretical advantage for deconstructing the binary of abled and disabled bodies. The SIP Lab fits well with my pursuit to better understand interpersonal relationships and perceptions and offers an excellent opportunity for hands-on experience!
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