The Northwestern Social Cognition Lab (SCL) investigates the the basic mental processes underlying social behavior. We investigate a wide range of issues in the areas of attitudes, social cognition, and intergroup relations, with a particular focus on person perception, the processes through which we form impressions and evaluations of others. We also investigate how basic research in the area of attitudes and social cognition can be used to understand consumer behavior and promote responsible, sustainable patterns of consumption.

We hold a weekly joint lab meeting on Friday afternoons with the Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes Lab headed by Professor Sylvia Perry. Check out their website here.

Current members of the SCL include:


Galen Bodenhausen



Jordan Daley

Xiaomeng Fan

Natalie Gallagher

Chris Petsko

James Wages


A list of illustrious SCL alumni can be found here.