THE SOCIAL COGNITION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE LABORATORY
Welcome to the Social Cognition of Social Justice (SCSJ) Laboratory located in the Purdue University Department of Psychological Sciences and Department of Political Science in West Lafayette, IN. Directed by Dr. Erin Hennes, research in the SCSJ Lab focuses on cognitive and motivated biases in information processing and person perception, particularly in the context of contemporary social issues such as environmental sustainability and racial and gender inequality. Much of this research examines how concern for the maintenance of social stability and preferences for restorative vs. progressive change influence cognitive processes. We also conduct translational research to develop and examine the efficacy (and potential unintended consequences) of interventions that highlight status-quo injustices. Dr. Hennes is also the director of the SuperPower Project, an NIH R01-funded interdisciplinary team committed to the development of new methods for supporting scientific best practice, with a focus on sample size determination.