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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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.
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’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.
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 Camargo
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.
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.
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!
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