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).
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