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.

Please check out the above links to learn more about us, and feel free to contact Dr. 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.

News and Updates

April 18, 2023
Undergraduate student Zein Saleh receives UCARE funding for project on conspiracy endorsement

March 31, 2023
Graduate student Lukasz Niparko receives Seed Grant from the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center for project on Digital Civil Society

March 15, 2023
Lab presentation by Noelle Troutman on neuroscience and international security at the International Studies Association Meeting

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