News Archive

October 7, 2017
Dr. Haas earns Distinguished Research Award

April 19, 2017
Lab Presentations at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Haas gave a talk about political ideology and the brain on Saturday, April 22, and undergraduate student Grace Stallworth presented a poster related to social identity, well being, and tolerance on Friday, April 21, at the MPA meeting in Chicago. For more info and a complete schedule for the conference, see the MPA website

April 18, 2017
UCARE Funding Awarded for 2017-2018
Undergraduate student Justice Forte was awarded UCARE funding to work in the lab during the 2017-2018 academic year.

April 14, 2017
Affiliated Graduate Student Frank Gonzalez Successfully Defended His Dissertation
Starting this fall, Dr. Gonzalez will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona.

April 5, 2017
Lab Presentations at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois
Graduate student Stephen Schneider and lab alum Melissa Baker are presenting a paper on self-esteem, attribution, and political tolerance on Friday, April 7, at the upcoming MPSA meeting in Chicago. For more info and a complete schedule for the conference, see the MPSA website.

April 4, 2017
Lab Presentations at the UNL Spring Research Fair
Undergraduate student Grace Stallworth presented findings from her UCARE project on social identity, well being, and tolerance at UNL's 2017 Spring Research Fair

January 18, 2017
Lab Presentations at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in San Antonio, Texas
Dr. Haas gave an invited talk at the 2017 SPSP Political Psychology Preconference, and graduate student Frank Gonzalez and lab alum Melissa Baker both presented in the data blitz.

January 11, 2017
Lab Presentations at the Southern Political Science Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana
Graduate students Stephen Schneider and John Peterson presented research on threat and endorsement of conspiracy theories during the 2016 Presidential election. See the conference website for more detail.

November 16, 2016
Trump Understands What Many Miss: People Don't Make Decisions Based on Facts
Dr. Haas talked to Vox about the election.

August 16, 2016
Lab Research on Race, Threat, and Policing Policy Featured on Nebraska Public Radio
Read (and listen) to the story here

August 5, 2016
Lab Research on Race, Threat, and Policing Policy Featured on Lincoln's Channel 8 News
Read the story here

July 26, 2016
New Paper on Race, Threat, and Policing Policy Published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology
Read the UNL press release or the open-access PDF available for download here

June 25, 2016
Lab Presentations at SPSSI 2016
Dr. Haas talked about uncertainty, threat, and support for political compromise at the 2016 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues conference in Minneapolis

June 23, 2016
Interview with Dr. Haas about political neuroscience on ResearchGate blog

June 13, 2016
Lab research on uncertainty and threat discussed in Vox
Read the story here.

May 16, 2016

New paper on uncertainty, threat, and political compromise published in the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology
Read the UNL news release

April 4, 2016

Lab Presentations at the 2016 Midwest Political Science Association Meeting in Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Haas will be giving a talk and lab alum Melissa Baker will be presenting a poster on Thursday, April 7, at the upcoming MPSA meeting in Chicago. For more info and a complete schedule for the conference, see the MPSA website

March 15, 2016

What psychology's crisis means for the future of science
Dr. Haas talked to Vox about the replication debate in psychology.

February 25, 2016
New Book Chapter on Political Neuroscience
Dr. Haas recently published a chapter on political neuroscience in an edited volume titled Neuroimaging Personality, Social Cognition, and Character. A pdf version of the chapter is available here.

February 1, 2016

Recruiting Participants for fMRI Studies
The lab is currently recruiting participants for fMRI studies this semester in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior. For more information or to volunteer for research, please email the lab at paclab1@gmail.com.

January 28, 2016

Lab Presentations at the 2016 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Meeting in San Diego, CA
Lab alum Melissa Baker presented a poster on how attribution influences attitudes about ideological outgroups. An electronic copy of the poster is available through OSF: https://osf.io/xntgc/

January 22, 2016
Dr. Haas talked to Vox about how the media presents social science research"What journalists get wrong about social science"

November 18, 2015
Dr. Haas talked to Vox about Response to Terrorist Attacks in Paris: "The science behind why people fear refugees"

September 18, 2015
Looking for Undergraduate Research Assistants
The PAC Lab is currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants for academic year 2015-2016. If interested, please email the lab at paclab1@gmail.com. Applications are due Friday, October 2.

June 11, 2015
Recruiting Participants for fMRI Studies
The lab is currently recruiting participants for fMRI studies in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior. For more information, please email the lab at paclab1@gmail.com.

April 24, 2015
Lab Presentations at the 2015 Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting in Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Haas will be giving a talk on Saturday, May 2, and undergraduate student Melissa Baker will be presenting a poster on Thursday, April 30, at the upcoming MPA meeting in Chicago. For more info and a complete schedule for the conference, see the MPA website

April 8, 2015
UNL Spring Research Fair
Undergraduate students Alyssa Meyer and Melissa Baker from the PAC Lab will be presenting their UCARE research projects at UNL's Spring Research Fair on Wednesday, April 15, from 3:30-5:00pm, in the City Campus Union. Stop by and say hi!

April 6, 2015
2015 Hendricks Symposium
The UNL Political Science Hendricks Symposium was held on April 3-4, 2015, on the topic of "Psychology, Biology, and Political Attitudes." For more information and a list of invited speakers, please check out the website

March 30, 2015
Affiliated Graduate Student Allison Skinner Successfully Defended Her Dissertation
Dr. Skinner will be a postdoc next year in Dr. Kristina Olson's lab at the University of Washington.

March 2, 2015
Poster on Uncertainty, Threat, and Support for Political Compromise at SPSP 2015
Dr. Haas presented some work on this topic at the recent SPSP meeting in Long Beach. An electronic version of the poster is available through the Open Science Framework.

November 2014
Research Development Fellows Program
Dr. Haas was selected to participate in the 2014-2015 UNL Research Development Fellows Program. Read the announcement here

October 1, 2014
Dr. Haas comments on the use of emotion in political fundraising in The Washington Post: "Why do negative fundraising appeals actually work?"

July 1, 2013
Research on Uncertainty and Threat covered by Omaha World-Herald: "Emotion affects political tolerance, UNL professor finds"

June 24, 2013
Research on Uncertainty and Threat covered by Lincoln Journal Star: "Study: Uncertainty not all bad when it comes to politics"

November 28, 2012
Research on morality covered by CBC News: "Moral judgements are often speedy and extreme"