Dr. Jamie Barden examines mechanisms underlying evaluative judgments, including both meta-cognitive and automatic processes. A second theme of his research is the consequences of placing the self and others into social categories (race, gender, sexual orientation). The bulk of his research reflects the intersection of these two themes. Current projects in the lab include investigating meta-cognitive processes underlying certainty judgments (including the role of accessibility and certainty in standardized test performance), stereotype traits that are unique to the ingroup, and racial identity tailoring in advertising.
Dr. Angela P. Cole Dixon investigates information-processing models of decision-making, social cognition, and personality, and has resulted in publications in Health Psychology; Law and Human Behavior; Brain, Behavior and Immunity; Basic and Applied Social Psychology; Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology; and African American Research Perspectives. She has received external funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Association, and the Department of Homeland Security. She is a member of the APA Psychology Summer Institute Selection Committee.
Dr. Lloyd Ren Sloan examines political media impacts on attitude change and decision-making, attribution, social judgment, and mechanisms underlying human and animal sociability. Additionally, his research has explored group success (especially in sports) influences on affect as well as self and group identity. His enduring interest in the attractions of, and identity impacts of, sports for fans led to exciting research both at Notre Dame and in his current position at Howard University. Dr. Sloan’s other key research interests include the causes and consequences of Stereotype Threat’s detrimental effects on stereotyped group members' performance, stereotypes and evaluations of persons belonging to multiple categories, ostracism and social exclusion, social and personal trait relationships to health and mental health, social cognition and its interactions with affect/arousal, time orientation influences on behavior, social biases in judgments of justice across cultural groups.