Lab Members

Kristin Laurin is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department of the University of British Columbia. Her research investigates how people’s goals and motivations interact with their beliefs and ideologies – about politics, about religion, or about the nature of the world. She is especially interested in how beliefs about societal, organizational and interpersonal structures can affect people’s ability to self-regulate in pursuit of their important goals. She also studies how various motivations can shape people’s beliefs and ideologies.

Click here to view Kristin’s CV.

Adam is interested in how people are influenced by their peers. How are a person’s motivation and goal pursuit, moral compass, or even religious belief influenced by society?

Gordon is interested in the topics you’re not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: morality, emotions, politics, and religion. Specifically, he’s interested in how our emotions and socio-cultural beliefs inform our moral judgments and behavior.

Holly is interested in social class, specifically, in how social class impacts how we see ourselves, how we think others see us, and how we see others. She is also interested in how people gain and maintain their social status, and religion and its relationship to inequality.

Will is interested in motivated belief and reasoning. Specifically, he is interested in how our values, goals, emotions, and identities motivate our beliefs and reasoning in moral, economic, and scientific contexts.

Anita is interested in the psychological consequences of different levels of economic inequality. Specifically, she is studying the effects of inequality on people’s concerns about their status or relative standing in society.

Rachele’s research interests are focused on how people respond to situations that make them feel uncertain. This includes uncertainty about their environment, their peers, and themselves.

Nick is the joint lab manager for the MECC lab cluster. His research interests include moral judgment, religion, and how evolved psychological systems operate in modern environments.