Lab Director

Ingrid J. Haas, Ph.D.
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Dr. Ingrid Haas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Resident Faculty in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Haas conducts interdisciplinary research on political behavior at the intersection of social psychology, political psychology, and cognitive neuroscience, and is interested in understanding factors that shape the expression of human attitudes and beliefs. Her areas of expertise include attitudes, social cognition, emotion, stereotyping and prejudice, social identity, experimental design, survey design, and functional MRI (fMRI). She teaches courses on political psychology, American politics, and quantitative / experimental research methods. She also serves as the faculty coordinator for the Political Science Experimental Participant Pool (PSEPP) and co-organizes the Political Behavior Research Group. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from The Ohio State University, and B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. She joined the UNL faculty after completing her Ph.D. in 2012.

Affiliated Graduate Students

Frank Gonzalez
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Frank is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at UNL. He received a Master of Arts in Political Science at UNL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. His research strengths lay primarily in experimental design and quantitative methods, and his current research involves using theories from social neuroscience to understand how people place themselves in groups in society, how group-related attitudes interact with "higher-level" ideological principles, and how this interaction impacts political opinions and behaviors. He has been published in political science journals such as Political Communication and Political Research Quarterly as well as psychology journals such as Behavioural Brain Research and Judgment and Decision Making. He recently received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to conduct an fMRI study examining the neural foundations of attitudes toward government assistance. 
Stephen Schneider


Stephen is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received a Master of Arts in Political Science from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fort Hays State University. Stephen’s research interests lie at the intersection of biology and psychology. He seeks to apply both a biological and psychological understanding of altruism to understand political tolerance.

Sami Lauf


John Peterson


Clarisse Warren


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Justice Forte
Justice Forte is currently an undergraduate student at UNL, studying Political Science, Communication Studies, and Global Studies. She is interested in discovering the factors that cause people to form strong ideological ties, and under what circumstances they are willing to break these patterns. She hopes to one day utilize this knowledge as a politician to understand her constituency and create policy that is beneficial to all Americans.
Allison Haindfield
Allison is currently studying Political Science and English with a Minor in History. She is interested in how biology and psychology affect politics and political attitudes. In addition, she is interested in how certain predispositions can affect our behaviors and decisions, and what the implications are for criminal activity and the law. Furthermore, she is hoping to learn more about why we are the way we are in relation to political ideology.
Grace Stallworth

Grace is currently studying Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Political Science. She is interested in neuroscience and how brain chemistry and emotions are related. In addition, she enjoys learning about  neurotransmitters and their relation to mental disorders. She is also interested in how political attitudes and ideologies influence and shape our emotions.

Sarah Sweeney
Sarah is an undergraduate first-year psychology student at UNL. She is minoring in chemistry, German, and humanities in medicine and her current research interests include social psychology, biopsychology, and neurology. She hopes to construct her experience working in a laboratory and contributing to research projects, with the goal of attending medical school and conducting clinical research.
Jacob Berggren

Lab Alumni

Affiliated Graduate Students
Allison Skinner, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington

Undergraduate Research Assistants
Melissa Baker, Graduate Student, University of California-Merced
Allison Black
James Gunn, Graduate Student, CUNY-Baruch College
Alyssa Meyer
Peter Oster
Josh Pierce

Faculty and Postdoc Collaborators

Arthur Andrews, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dona-Gene Barton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Wil Cunningham
, University of Toronto
Russ Fazio, The Ohio State University
Chris Jones, University of Pennsylvania
Dominic Packer, Lehigh University
Matt Rocklage, Northwestern University
Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jay Van Bavel, New York University
Sergio Wals, University of Nebraska-Lincoln