Welcome to The Social Automaticity Lab

RESEARCH OVERVIEW

The Social Automaticity Laboratory seeks to understand the cognitive processes that influence social judgment, behavior, and motivation outside of conscious awareness. Our work investigates these effects from two complementary perspectives. One area of research examines the basic cognitive mechanisms that underlie nonconscious processes. Conceptually, much of this work is summarized by the Situated Inference Model. This theory provides a mechanism for understanding both how and when accessible information will exert an influence on judgment, behavior, and motivation. Our second area of work is focused on understanding the overarching social influences that have shaped these nonconscious processes. This research examines the various ways that belonging to social groups influences behavior outside of conscious awareness and includes work examining how social forces affect our responses to music and alcohol advertising. We also examine the impact of alcohol consumption on the mental processes that produce the above effects and the neural underpinnings of these processes as measured by event-related brain potentials (in collaboration with the CU Social Neuroscience Lab).

THE LAB

Dr. Chris Loersch
LAB DIRECTOR (2015)
BS: Kansas State University (2002)
PhD: Ohio State University (2009)
Hometown: Salina, KS
chris.loersch@colorado.edu
Shana Stites
Shana R. Stites
GRADUATE STUDENT (2015)
BS: University of Kansas (2006)
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
shana.stites@colorado.edu
Jairo Ramos
Jairo Ramos
GRADUATE STUDENT (2016)
BA: Florida International University (2016)
Hometown: Miami, FL
jairo.ramos@colorado.edu
Christopher R. M. Jones
Dr. Chris R. M. Jones
RESEARCH FACULTY (2019)
BS: Miami University, Ohio (2004)
PhD: Ohio State University (2011)
Hometown: Centerville, OH
christopher.jones-4@colorado.edu
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PAST MEMBERS

Alyssa Spurling
Alyssa Spurling
Lab Manager (2015-2016)
MA: Ball State University (2015)
BA: Hannibal-LaGrange University (2013)
Hometown: O'Fallon, MO
Alyssa Stewart
Undergraduate Honors Student (2015)
Thesis - The Ability of Music to Facilitate Social Bonding during Imagined Intergroup Contact
Qingxin “Cece” Zhang
Undergraduate Honors Student (2014)
Thesis - Music and Belonging
Anna Gitarts
Undergraduate Honors Student (2013)
Thesis - Response Window Length in the Weapon Identification Task: How Executive Function Ability Modulates Implicit Racial Bias