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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eric is interested in how people with different personality traits navigate social hierarchies and the consequences of status-striving for both the person doing it and others in their lives. He is especially interested in how status-striving affects our emotions and self-concept, and how changes in these things, in turn, affect future status-striving.

Nick is interested in social class, meritocracy, and inequality, and how motivated reasoning shapes our moral attitudes towards these issues.

Irein is compelled by ideas at the intersection of moral psychology and politics, ranging from divisive Twitter exchanges to conflict-ridden moral groups. Broadly, her research focuses are three-fold: the nature of moral beliefs, the liberal-conservative divide, and potential interventions to attenuate intergroup conflict.

Sahana is the joint lab manager for the MECC lab cluster. Her research interests include social hierarchies, moral judgment, religion, and the evolved relationships between culture and the environment.