Director

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My research examines how the subjective, physiological, and behavioural levels of experience all play into the way we perceive and organise knowledge about the social world. My four major lines of research include: (1) cross-group friendship; (2) intergroup contact and social interaction; (3) intergroup factors in chronic stress and health; (4) the role of physiological experience in moral decision-making. To answer these questions, my research simultaneously combines dyadic, psychophysiological, longitudinal, social cognitive, behavioural, self-report, and quantitative methods to provide a comprehensive understanding of the factors that affect the way people navigate their social worlds.

Graduate Students

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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.

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I am interested in the factors that predict intergroup harmony and conflict. My current lines of research examine: (1) how perceptions of similarity and conflict affect interest in cross-group friendship, and (2) the consequences of money and money beliefs on intergroup relationships. My methodological approach is multi-faceted, incorporating psychophysiological instrumentation, self-report, and behavioural measures as well as dyadic experimental designs.

Graduate Students - "Outside Project" Mentees

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I am interested in how people make decisions about their romantic relationships, such as whether to pursue a love interest, whether to invest in a foundling relationship, or whether to break up with a romantic partner. In my research, I draw from the judgment and decision making literature to better understand the processes by which people make these choices. In my spare time, I like to write for Science of Relationships (www.scienceofrelationships.com), an organization that aims to make relationship research findings more accessible to the public.

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In general, I am interested in various factors that influence how we perceive and evaluate people. More specifically, I am interested in the influence of ambiguous identity on person evaluations and the application of stereotypes. I am particularly interested in understanding how a person's friends or associates influence how they are evaluated and what stereotypes are applied to them.

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In general, I am interested in how people react to social comparisons, comparisons to better-off and worse-off others, in the context of romantic relationships and what impact these comparisons have on the relationship and the individual. Currently, I am exploring three different types of comparisons: (1) how people react to comparing their own relationship to other relationships, (2) how people react to comparing themselves to their romantic partner in different domains, and (3) how people react to comparing their partner to another person, especially the partners of other people.

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My research focuses on how helping others affects personal well-being. I also study what promotes higher quality relationships between parents and their children, romantic partners, and cross-race individuals.

Lab Manager

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Julian obtained his HBSc in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Toronto. He is currently managing both Dr. Michael Inzlicht’s and Dr. Elizabeth Page-Gould’s labs here at the Scarborough campus. His independent projects with Dr. Page-Gould examined the impact of motivators towards academic success and how parental expectations factor into this. He has developed skills for measuring activity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) through peripheral psychophysiology. Currently, he has a growing interest in the use of event-related potentials (ERPs) using electroencephalography (EEG) and continues to develop his technique alongside Dr. Inzlicht. His current research with Dr. Inzlicht is examining how perceptions of control can relate to error-monitoring. While spending another year developing his research interests and continuing to develop his skills, Julian is aiming to pursue graduate studies in either social neuroscience or social psychology next year.

Supervised Study Student

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Rachael is going into her final year at UTSC with a major in Mental Health Studies. She has a deep interest in the fields of social and clinical psychology, with particular interest in social cognition and how it can benefit executive functioning. She is hoping to further her education in graduate school, where she hopes to become even more involved in psychology research.

Thesis Students

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Veerpal is in her second year at the University of Toronto, specializing in Mental Health Studies, and minoring in Women's Studies. She is very excited to be volunteering in the ESC lab. She is interested in various psychological and neuropsychological phenomena within the domains of social, personality, and abnormal psychology.

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Brigitte is a fourth year student pursuing a double major in Mental Health Studies and Human Biology. She is interested in the different dynamics of friendship between mixed and same sex individuals. After completing her undergraduate degree, Brigitte hopes to further her education by going into pharmacy or medicine and specializing in psychotherapy.

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Shouyu is a fourth year student at University of Toronto, specializing in Psychology. Her research is about how inter-group contact influences moral decision-making, and how this impact is modulated by physiological arousal. After completing her undergraduate degree, Shouyu hopes to go to graduate school to continue her education in psychology.

Undergraduate P.I.s

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Sabrina is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto at Scarborough with a HBSc. in Mental Health Studies. Currently she is working on her research project, 'The Physiology of Creativity', under the supervision of Dr. Page-Gould.

She has a great interest in psychophysiology and enjoys investigating the effect that social factors have on the body (and vice versa). Sabrina hopes to attend graduate school to further her education and experience in psychophysiological research.

Undergraduate Researchers

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Christina is currently a fourth year student pursuing a double major in psychology and health studies. She has a particular interest in better understanding the complexity associated with caregiving experiences among individuals with bicultural identities and the impact towards management of chronic diseases, encompassing both mental and physical forms that affect aging populations. She hopes to gain valuable academic and research experience from volunteering in the ESC lab. In the future, she hopes to pursue further studies at the graduate level and make contributions that will better our health care system.

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Nishchal is currently in his third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough pursuing an Honors B.Sc. in Psychology and Neuroscience. In brief, he is curious about humans and why they do what they do. His fascination with the mind and its connection to the brain leads him to where he is today, and he hopes to delve deeper into this curiosity during his time here at the Embodied Social Cognition Lab. Loosely, Nishchal’s main interest lies in abnormal psychology, with a certain affinity towards the clinical manifestation of psychological imbalance. That said, he not only aspires to explore his interest in social psychology through graduate studies, but he also wishes to pursue medical school that will facilitate in fulfilling his ambition of becoming a psychiatrist in the future.

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Sukanya is currently a fourth year student at UTSC, pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology. After taking social psychology with Dr. Page-Gould, she became highly interested in the physiology bases of psychological processes, especially during social interactions. She is currently the project coordinator for multiple studies run by the ESC lab and looks forward to helping with research. She plans to use the knowledge and experience gained from working in the ESC laboratory to benefit others after she completes graduate studies in social psychology or medicine.

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Abdul is currently in his third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Health Studies. He is interested in most aspects of social psychology but in particular the emotional aspect (e.g., emotions and their physiological responses) and psycho-physiology is what drew him to working in the ESC lab. He hopes to gain further experience in scientific research as well as to learn more a lot more about social psychology in the process. He is very interested in working with children and in the future hopes to further his knowledge into studying the neurological abnormalities typically associated with children. Outside of the ESC lab and classes, he is also an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Michael Inzlicht's Laboratory of Social Neuroscience at UTSC.

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Jermaine is currently in his fourth year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, pursuing an Honors B.Sc. in Psychology and Health Studies. His interests lie within the social and behavioral realms of psychology. He hopes to gain insight into the cognitive processes associated with social interactions through his experiences within the Embodied Social Cognition Lab. Upon completion of his degree, he intends to pursue this line of research at a graduate level to further his knowledge and understanding of Social Psychology.

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Matthew is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with a specialist degree in Psychology. He is interested in trait psychology (e.g. the predictive utility of the Big Five with respect to important life outcomes), interpersonal behavior (e.g. extraversion and its relationship to status attainment), impulsivity (e.g. delay reward/cost discounting), heroism (e.g. the trait profiles of heroic individuals) and psychological well-being from both the eudaimonic (e.g. Self-determination theory) and hedonic (e.g. positive affect vs. negative affect) schools of thought. Matthew's current research, under the guidance of Dr. Marc Fournier, deals with person perception (i.e. the judgments that individuals make of others on a regular basis) and utilizes the Social Relations Model (SRM) and Brunswik’s Lens model. Specifically, he examines the kinds of personality judgments that unacquainted individuals make about each other (i.e. zero-acquaintance), the kinds of personality judgments individuals make using the photographs of unacquainted others (i.e. absolute zero-acquaintance), and the kinds of personality and status judgments that well-acquainted individuals within a group make about each other (i.e. round-robin ratings). He intends to continue this line of research at the graduate level, as well as adapt the existing work in person perception to explore his other research interests.

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Daniel is entering his fourth year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto pursuing a Neuroscience Specialist degree. His interest in social psychology stems from the universality of social interactions and the importance of enhanced communication in a globalized society. In particular, he is interested in the various cognitive biases and their impact on decision-making, as well as the psychophysiological measures of cognitive resources and relevant stimuli during social interactions. In the future, Daniel wishes to enter medical school and pursue a career in neurosurgery, using knowledge learnt in the ESC to enhance patient care.

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Jalini is currently a third year student pursuing a Specialist Degree in Psychology. Her research interest within social psychology is primarily the dynamics of friendship between and within gender groups. She joined the ESC laboratory to gain deeper insight into the field of social psychology and its applications in the real world. After completing her bachelor degree, she hopes to study forensic psychology at a graduate level. Outside the lab, Jalini is the Health Equity Coordinator at the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and is working to create the foundations of a South Asian Health Strategy in Ontario.

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Jenna is currently in her third year of undergraduate studies at University of Toronto, pursuing a Mental Health Specialist. She is interested in various aspects of psychology including psychophysiology, social interactions, stereotyping and discrimination, as well as stress and health. In particular, Jenna is interested in psychological adjustment to a new diagnosis of a chronic illness and its effects on self concept, as well as the role of stress in management of a chronic illness. In addition, she is interested in how social interactions are influenced by intergroup relations and how these relations lead to discrimination and stereotyping. After completing her degree, Jenna hopes to pursue graduate school to study clinical psychology.

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(Maria) Alessandra is currently in her third year at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Specialist Degree in Neuroscience and a Minor in Biology. She is interested in various aspects of psychology and neuroscience such as pharmacology, aging, and social interactions. Alessandra decided to join the ESC lab because she finds research in the area of how different social stimuli may be used to predict and/or change behaviours/attitudes quite compelling. She is extremely enthusiastic about volunteering with the lab and looks forward to learning valuable research techniques as well as to gain practical insight to topics she had studied during the school year. In the future, she wishes to pursue graduate studies in an area where she can develop techniques that will assist people suffering from mental illness cope with stress and health issues.

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Patricia is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, pursuing a Honors B.Sc. in Psychology and Health Studies. She is looking forward to being apart of the Embodied Social Cognition team. Patricia hopes to find where her interests lie in psychology through the experience in working as an undergraduate researcher.

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Ryan is in his fourth year of a specialist degree in mental health studies at the University of Toronto. He has a diverse interest in psychology. At present, the interests that are most salient include: the mechanisms and processes underlying identity development and integration, the application of mindfulness in clinical populations, and psychophysiology inquiry into the relation between phenomenological experience and physiology. In addition to the Embodied Social Cognition Lab, Ryan is currently engaged in research projects with Dr. Yona Lunsky at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Dr. Marc Fournier at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which continue to offer excellent experience exploring his interests empirically. Ryan intends to attend graduate school for clinical psychology upon completion of his undergraduate degree.

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Tracie is a current University of Toronto graduate obtaining a specialist degree in psychology. She is interested various facets of psychology particularly pertaining to psychophysiology and social interactions and how they relate to cross-cultural discrimination and biases. Her goals are to explore cultural differences and similarities and how they relate to and affect friendships and individual perceptions.

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Vivian is in her third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Specialist degree in Neuroscience. She’s extremely excited to be a part of the Embodied Social Cognition Lab. What drew her to this particular lab was her fascination in social psychology and how incredibly applicable it is to society. Her interest lies in the domain of relationship dynamics, particularly the kinds of factors, physiological and psychological, people use to make judgments on their peers and their choices in romantic relationships. Additionally, Vivian is also a research assistant in the Toronto Laboratory for Social Neuroscience and was a part of Dr. Maydianne Andrade’s Evolutionary Biology Lab. She has experience working in the Academic Advising & Career Center as she was recruited to be an academic advisor to first-year students. Outside of school, Vivian volunteers at clinics and is a part-time tutor for kids with learning disabilities. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to pursue medicine, specializing in oncology.

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Zakiyya is in her fourth year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, pursuing a double major in Human Biology and Psychology. She is very excited to be working in the Embodied Social Cognition Lab. She has interest in all aspects of social psychology, particularly the role that social influence has on behavior and decision-making. In addition, she is interested in how our perceptions of social identities and ourselves affects our social interactions. Upon completing her bachelors degree, Zakiyya intends on furthering her education in graduate school.

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Parco is a currently a third year undergraduate student at UTSC specializing in Psychology and majoring in Neuroscience. He is particularly interested in the interplay between social relationships and emotions. In addition, Parco is fascinated with the remarkable capabilities of the limbic system and its influence on social activities. He is extremely excited to volunteer in the ESC Lab. Additionally, Parco is a research assistant in Dr. S. Tran's Interpersonal Relationships Lab. He has also completed clinical projects at Baycrest and St. Michael's Hospital during his Co-Op placement. Subsequent to graduation, Parco intends to pursue graduate studies in experimental psychology.

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Satmeen is currently in her Third Year pursuing a HBSc degree in Neuroscience and Psychology at University of Toronto. She has an immense interest in all fields of psychology, particularly the social and abnormal domains. She hopes to gain some great insight and experience with Research by volunteering in the ESC lab. Her research interests include cognitive interactions, disorders of the brain, and psychopathology. After completing her Undergraduate degree, she hopes to move on to Medical school, specializing in Neurology or Psychiatry.

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Kalyani is a first-year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing double majors in Human Biology and French. She is excited to learn about the complexity of human social interactions as an undergraduate researcher in the ESC lab. Kalyani also enjoys being involved in extracurriculars and is currently Events Associate for Amnesty International at UTSC. Outside of school, Kalyani is a volunteer at Providence Healthcare where she spends time regularly with elderly residents and works as tutor, teaching math and reading to elementary-school students.

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I am in my third year of undergraduate studies at UTSC pursuing a major in psychology and double minors in Biology and French.

At this point in my studies I have been fascinated with every area and field of psychology I have encountered, from clinical or abnormal psychology to social psychology and the psychology of prejudice and emotion. I grew up reading Psychology Today and I believe my interest in psychology stems from growing up hearing of the diverse cases of patients who visit my father to resolve various psychological or emotional disturbances.

I hope to gain exposure to and hands on experience with the research methods used and the inner working of a psychology lab from my position as an undergraduate research assistant in the ECG lab. I look forward to the learning experience!

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William is currently a fourth year student at the University of Toronto pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and Psychology. His passions lay in both clinical psychology and the neural mechanisms that take place in behaviour and cognition. In particular, he is interested in neurological disorders and how they affect cognitive processing. Working at CamH has given William involvement in a clinical setting, which provided first-hand experience in dealing with patients and professionals in a research-based environment, a field that he hopes to enter following his graduate studies. After completing his undergraduate studies William hopes to enroll in graduate school and work alongside professionals who utilize neuroimaging techniques, such as fMRI, in order to further investigate the neural processing that takes place in our day-to-day lives.

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Chadd is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with a double major in Integrative Biology and Health Studies. His interests are in the medical field and he is hoping to get into graduate programs for cardiovascular perfusion or a masters of education/respiratory therapy degree. He is extremely eager to work in the Embodied Social Cognition Lab as he believes that understanding how information from the social environment is processed and applied in social interactions is key in any career especially when dealing with patients. Outside of academics he has volunteered at a medical office and as a science tutor for the Imani mentorship program.

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Nishita is currently a second year student at University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Human Biology and Psychology. In the field of psychology, Social psychology has been the most appealing for her. She is interested in research on the topics of Intergroup relationships and in-groups and out groups relationships. She is interested in working with education and children in under-developed areas of different countries and she has volunteered in some slum communities in India.. She works as a Peer Academic Coach in the Department of student life at the Scarborough Campus. Her future aspirations are to be in a Med school or a Dental school.

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Kosan is a second year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a major in Psychology and a double minor in French and Biology. She's interested in social psychology, particularly the cultural aspect. Kosan has extensive volunteer and work experience and is currently the Health and Science Editor at the Underground, UTSC's student publication. She is excited to be a part of the lab.

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I'm a second year University student going for my Undergrad for psychology I like Archery, Video games, Sword collecting, Martial arts, music and many more!! Sorry for not to much words.

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Allen is in his third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto pursuing a specialist degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology and Biology. He is interested in human interaction and how cognitive processing affects how this interaction takes place. His ambition is to become a physician who is not only well versed in promoting human health, but also healthy human interactions.

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Abdullah is currently a third year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto who is pursuing a double major in the fields of Psychology and Human Biology. He currently holds a position in the University of Toronto Scarborough library and has a wealth of work and volunteer experience. Abdullah aims to become a vital member of the Social Cognition Lab by contributing his many strengths to the laboratory, and he intends on pursuing a graduate degree in the field of Psychology which he hopes to contribute to as a future Professor and avid researcher.

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Ling is in her third year of studies at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. She is pursuing a major in psychology, with double minors in English and philosophy. Her interest in psychology continues to grow, specifically in social and cultural psychology. These fields are particularly appealing because of their applicability to everyday life, as well as their crucial role in understanding how individuals perceive and act in their social surroundings. Ling is excited to be a part of the Embodied Social Cognition Lab.

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Michelle is currently in her third year at the University of Toronto, pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology. Her interests lie in neural mechanisms associated with neuropsychiatry as well as combination drug therapies in mental heath patients. Michelle has various experience volunteering in educating youth about the joys of learning science, and values the importance in helping to develop the young minds of our community. After undergraduate studies Michelle seeks a future in doing further research in the neuroscience field during her graduate studies.

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Tahmina is currently in her second year of studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Theatre. Her interests lie in human interaction and the cognitive processes involved with it. When she isn't busy reading her psychology textbooks and theatrical plays, Tahmina works as a tutor at Kumon and as an IITS Student Helpdesk Computing Representative on campus. She is very excited to be part of the Embodied Social Cognition Lab.