Projects

Members of CDIRL are engaged in a variety of experimental and survey research projects within social and cultural psychology. Primary ongoing areas of research include the following:

Models of diversity: What conceptions of diversity (e.g., multiculturalism and colorblindness) are most prevalent in American society, law, and organizations? How are these distributed among minority and majority groups? What are their antecedents and correlates? What are the effects of colorblindness and multiculturalism on intergroup relations?

Feelings of inclusion: Why do women overwhelmingly choose not to major in computer science and engineering? How do stereotypes of academic domains and organizations influence their feelings of inclusion and desire to participate? Likewise, how do messages about diversity influence dominant group members' feelings of inclusion?

Attitudes toward stigmatized groups: How are perceptions of d/Deaf individuals formed and how do they differ from other groups? How do medical and cultural models of deafness affect attitudes toward the d/Deaf ?

Cultural variation in well-being, self, and identity: How does cultural context shape aspects of well-being? How does region of the country moderate the relationship between various aspects of well-being, emotion, and health?

Attractiveness, well-being, and relationship: Is relationship more choiceful in urban versus rural areas? How do these differences affect the role of attractiveness in social relations and well-being?

Psychology, policy, and law: What conceptions of legal agreements are most prevalent in American society? How do these conceptions affect individual decision-making?