Welcome to the Political Attitudes and Cognition (PAC) Lab
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!

The PAC Lab studies political attitudes and beliefs, decision making, and behavior and how they are influenced by a variety of social and contextual factors, including emotion and social identity. We focus mainly on political psychology and political neuroscience in the context of American Politics or International Relations. We are affiliated with the Department of Political Science and the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior at UNL.

Explore our website to learn more about us, and contact Dr. Ingrid Haas with any questions or comments.

Join the Lab

The lab is always looking for bright, motivated students who share our research interests and are interested in being part of the research process.

Potential graduate students should consider applying to the M.A. or Ph.D. program in the Department of Political Science at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For more information, you can check out the Political Science Graduate Admissions page. We have a number of faculty interested in political psychology, biopolitics, and political neuroscience, and are especially interested in recruiting students who share our interest in doing interdisciplinary work. Please check out the Research and Publications pages to learn more about the PAC Lab, and feel free to contact Dr. Haas directly if you're interested in applying. Graduate students already enrolled at UNL are welcome to contact me about potential research collaborations or lab involvement.

Undergraduate students at University of Nebraska-Lincoln are welcome to contact the lab about research assistant opportunities. Working in the lab you'll gain experience with literature reviews, research design and methodology (including behavioral data collection and fMRI), data collection and analysis, and data presentation. We generally look for students with a strong academic record (at least a 3.3 GPA) who are interested in pursuing or are considering graduate education, but no previous research experience is required. Research assistants in the lab are often volunteers, but there are opportunities for course credit (through Political Science or Psychology), or funding through university programs like UCARE.


April 20, 2024
Saleh presented at Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago

April 17, 2024
PAC Lab student Zein Saleh named Goldwater Scholar

March 27, 2024
Saleh presented at UNL Student Research Days

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