Welcome to the Political Attitudes and Cognition (PAC) Lab
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!
The PAC Lab studies political attitudes and beliefs and how they are influenced by a variety of social and contextual factors, including emotion and social identity. The lab takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding political behavior, combining theories and methods from political psychology, social psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. 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. We are currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants for Spring 2020 (and beyond) -- see the announcement for more detail. Applications are due Friday, January 31, 2020, for full consideration.
Potential graduate students should consider applying to the 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 12, 2019
New paper on social identity and the expression of policy attitudes published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology
Read the article here.
February 18, 2019
Undergraduate Student Justice Forte Successfully Defended Honors Thesis
February 14, 2019
Undergraduate Student Marley Sandberg Successfully Defended Honors Thesis