Primary Students

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Chad Danyluck

I am interested in the factors that predict intergroup conflict and cross-group friendship. My current lines of research examine: (1) how perceptions of similarity and conflict affect interest in cross-group friendship, (2) the consequences of money and money-related beliefs on intergroup relationships, and (3) whether and how meditation experience can be used to encourage cross-group friendships. My methodological approach is multi-faceted, incorporating psychophysiological and neuroscientific instrumentation, self-report, and behavioural measures as well as dyadic and group-based experimental designs.

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Jacklyn Koyama

I am interested in using social psychology to explore how people interact with environmental issues by examining predictors of proenvironmental behaviour and identity. For my Master’s, I am investigating the attitudes, behaviors, and emotions that predict voting for environmentally friendly candidates in national elections. In another line of work, I am interested in exploring how we can increase environmentalist identities by first increasing proenvironmental behaviors.

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Amanda Sharples

Broadly, I am interested in the factors that predict intergroup attitudes and behaviour. Research suggests that contact with members of social outgroups reduces prejudice, but what factors predict positive cross-group contact? Moreover, how do media depictions of social groups and intergroup relations impact cross-group interaction in daily life? To unpack these questions, I use a multimethod approach combining psychophysiological, cognitive, behavioural, and self-report measures.

Shelly Zhou

I am generally interested in how the diversity of social networks affects attitudes towards various social groups. Specifically, my work centres on a growing body of evidence that knowing people with cross-group friends improves attitudes towards the friend’s group as a whole. Extending this idea, I am interested in when this effect is weaker or stronger. How does the structure of one’s social network play a role? For what kind of attitudes does this indirect friendship improve the most? In answering questions such as these, I hope to learn how to maximize the benefits of one’s friendship network to improve intergroup harmony.