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).
Prejudice & Learning
How are prejudices formed? How are societal stereotypes transmitted to individual-level preferences? And how do they affect decisions? By studying the neural systems and computations that underlie social learning, our research illuminates how social biases form and operate in behavior. Prejudice Learning
Humans increasingly rely on artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for information and decision making, yet mounting evidence shows systematic prejudices in algorithmic output. Our lab probes the human sources of algorithmic bias and how AI propagates societal biases in human decision making.Algorithmic Bias
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