Current Students

Margarita Krochik

1983-2013

Margarita’s research explored how belief systems structure our mental representations of the world, infuse our lives with meaning, and help guide our behavior.

David Kalkstein

Dave looks at why people behave in ways that are inconsistent with their own overarching goals and interests.

Francesca Manzi

Francesca is interested in gender stereotypes and leadership.

Lindsay Rankin

Lindsay is interested in how the motivation to justify the extant social system influences how we perceive and respond to information.

Hannah Nam

Hannah is interested in the psychological mechanisms and motivations that underlie both resistance to and support for change.

Joanna Sterling

Joanna’s research focuses on conceptions of ideology, ideological identification, and inter-party communication.

Daniel Yudkin

Daniel is primarily interested in how values come to play a defining role in the way people see the world.

Chadly Stern

Chadly is interested in how a perceiver's political ideology influences social perception processes.

Lab Alumni

Aaron Kay

Associate Professor of Management and Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience

Duke University


Aaron’s research centers on the application of social cognitive and social psychological theories, principles and processes to the understanding of individual and societal motivations, beliefs and behaviors.

Erin Godfrey

Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology

Steinhardt School of Culture, Development, & Education, New York University


Erin looks at how individuals interact with, understand, and are influenced by the social, economic and political systems in which they are embedded, both in the United States and internationally.

Hulda Thorisdottir

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

University of Iceland


Hulda’s research focuses on religion, morality, authority, and group dynamics.

Alison Ledgerwood

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

University of California, Davis


Alison is interested in attitudes, social influence, and identity symbols.

Cheryl Wakslak

Assistant Professor of Management and Organization Marshall School of Business

University of Southern California


Cheryl’s research looks at organizational decision-making, focusing on how proximity changes the way individuals represent information, thereby influencing judgment and behavior.

Jojanneke van der Toorn

Assistant Professor

Department of Social & Organizational Psychology

Leiden University


Jojanneke’s research focuses on the psychological antecedents and consequences of ideological adherence, with an emphasis on the role of emotions and values.

Jaime Napier

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Yale University


Jaime’s research focuses on the motivational underpinnings and the social and psychological consequences of belief systems, with a focus on political and religious ideologies.

Irina Feygina

APA/AAAS Congressional Fellow

Washington D.C.


Irina works at the intersection of science and policy on issues of environmental and social sustainability.

Ido Liviatan

Assistant Professor

Department of Education & Psychology

Open University


Ido is interested in the motivational and cognitive underpinnings of system justification tendencies.

Avital Mentovich

Post-Doctoral Fellow

The Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity

University of California, Los Angeles


Tali’s research looks at how people’s perceptions of what is fair affect their perceptions of and reactions to social, legal, political, and public policy issues.

John Jost

Most of John’s work focuses on the theoretical and empirical implications of system justification theory. He is also interested in the underlying cognitive and motivational differences between liberals and conservatives.

Erin Hennes

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychology

University of California, Los Angeles


Erin’s research investigates the influence of cognitive and motivated biases on processing of sociopolitical information.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Sharareh Noorbaloochi

Sharareh is interested in the behavioral and neural bases of moral-political attitudes and in interventions targeted at promoting global justice.