How does prejudice affect our judgment and behavior?

What are the neural and psychological mechanisms though which social biases are formed, controlled, and changed?

Our Research

Our Research

The Amodio Lab investigates the psychological and neural bases of social cognition and prejudice, with a focus on how social attitudes and beliefs are formed, expressed, controlled, and changed. Our broad goal is to illuminate basic mechanisms of the mind and brain while addressing critical societal problems.

Our research is funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Implicit Bias

How do prejudices become internalized? And how are they expressed implicitly in behavior? By studying the neural systems and computations that underlie social learning, our research is elucidating how implicit bias forms and operates in behavior. Implicit Bias


Why do people have trouble controlling bias, even when their goal is to respond without prejudice? Our research on neural and psychological mechanisms of control reveals how prejudice control works, when it fails, and how interventions can be designed to reduce bias.Self-Regulation

Bias in Visual Perception

Should we always believe what we see? Our research reveals that the visual processing of faces can be influenced by our prejudices and other social factors, and that this visual bias affects how we judge and act toward people. Bias in Visual Perception

Computational Social Cognition

By testing formal models of learning and decision making, we are identifying the specific neural and cognitive processes that drive the formation and expression of attitudes, trait impressions, and implicit prejudice. Instrumental Social Learning

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About Our Lab

Our lab includes a passionate and energetic group of scientists and students interested in the neural and cognitive processes that drive prejudice, social cognition, and self-regulation. We value inclusion, promote diversity, and support open science.

We are based at New York University and the University of Amsterdam, with active collaboration between ourĀ  New York and Amsterdam teams and opportunities for members to visit between sites. Both lab groups are located in vibrant communities: NYU in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYC, and the UvA in the beautiful Plantage District near the Amsterdam City Center (see Contact).

The Amodio Lab strongly values equity and fairness in opportunities and treatment for all people, and we promote diversity and inclusion in our work and in the broader academic and scientific communities. We encourage participation from members of all groups, especially those underrepresented in science, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, language, culture, nationality, religion, or physical ability.

Meet Our Team