Research

The PAC Lab studies attitudes, emotion, and social cognition, examining how people's attitudes and beliefs are structured and how attitude expression is influenced by a variety of situational factors. Our approach to research is interdisciplinary, combining ideas and methods from social psychology, political psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.

Current Lab Projects

  • How does uncertainty interact with threat to produce changes in social and political behavior (e.g., political tolerance, support for compromise)? How do changes in neural processing give rise to these effects?
  • What are the neural underpinnings of political evaluation? How do people process evaluative information that is incongruent and/or uncertain? What is the impact of political identity and group membership on evaluative processing?
  • Do people rely on political ideology and party identification when evaluating political policy issues? Are certain types of people more likely to show this connection between political or social identification and attitudes?
  • What leads to endorsement of conspiracy theories? Do situational factors like threat, power, trust, and status lead to increased endorsement of these ideas?
  • How does causal attribution influence attitudes and tolerance toward political outgroups?

Information for Research Participants

 

Current Studies:

The PAC Lab is currently recruiting participants for fMRI research. Participants must be 19 or older, right-handed, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and no permanent metal in the body. All participants will be pre-screened to ensure they meet the safety requirements for 3T MRI. For more information about volunteering for research studies in the PAC Lab, please contact the lab at paclab (at) unl.edu.

If you're interested in being contacted about additional research opportunities in the center, consider joining the CB3 Research Participant Volunteer Registry (see http://cb3.unl.edu/current-research-studies/).

Directions: 

The Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior (CB3) is located in East Memorial Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus. The entrance to CB3 is located at the southeast corner of the stadium between gates 22 and 23. Parking is available for East Stadium research participants directly east of the stadium (enter the parking lot at N 14th St and Vine St and follow the outer loop to the spots directly in front of the stadium). If you do park in one of these spots, you will need to sign in with your vehicle's information when you arrive at CB3.