Eric Hehman, PhD
Eric Hehman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at McGill University and director of the Seeing Human Lab. His research examines how individuals perceive and evaluate one another across group boundaries (e.g., race, gender, sexual-orientation, occupation, etc), and the downstream consequences of such perceptions. To address these questions, he takes a multi-method approach, incorporating a broad range of behavioral (e.g., computer-mouse tracking, digital face modeling, group interactions), neural (e.g., fMRI, EEG), and statistical techniques (e.g., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling).
Dr. Hehman received his PhD at the University of Delaware working with Sam Gaertner, and worked as a post-doc with Jon Freeman at Dartmouth College and New York University. He was at Ryerson University in Toronto for three years before transitioning to McGill.
In his free time, Eric used to do interesting things, but now he sits and looks out the window at the plague-ridden world.
Neil Hester, PhD
Joining the lab in 2019, Neil Hester received his PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, working with Kurt Gray and Keith Payne. He studies a) how key social categories such as race, gender, and age intersect and interact with contextual factors to predict stereotyping and discrimination, and b) how moral psychology might adopt insights from social cognition and other areas of psychology to improve generalizability. He has extensive training in statistical modeling and data management, using this to combine experimental work with big data analysis, bridging the gap between tightly-controlled investigations and real-world outcomes.
Sally Xie, MA
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Sally received her HBSc with a specialist in Mental Health Studies at the University of Toronto. She is broadly interested in the mechanisms underlying person perception across group boundaries, as well as the downstream behavioural consequences of these processes. At the cognitive level, how might our perceptions of one another differ across different groups? At the behavioural level, when are these perceptions likely to influence our behaviour? By understanding how we integrate stereotypes into our impressions of others, Sally hopes to shed some light on how best to foster intergroup cooperation in real world settings.
She enjoys bouldering, horror films, and creative writing.
Eugene Ofosu, MSc
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Eugene obtained his HBSc in Psychology at the University of Toronto. He is interested in how different social attributions are made regarding members of the same group depending on what presenting features they bear, or are perceived to bear. Broadly, he is fascinated by the intersectionality of identities (race, sexual orientation, SES, and others), how it affects ambiguous perceptions, and how these perceptions manifest in the context of competitive settings and institutional authority.
Eugene enjoys contemporary narratives that explore Other perspectives.
Jennifer received her HBSc in psychology at Concordia University. Her research interests centre around bias in social perception, what causes it, and how to mitigate it, as well as how it plays out in different minority groups, especially in terms of intersectionality. She is also interested in political polarization, why it occurs, and how to lessen it to promote cooperation.
She enjoys going to concerts, hiking, and traveling.
Lola (pronounced Lolzylolzylolz) served as lab mascot and morale in the six founding years of the lab. She was part bulldog, part drama queen, and all heart. She graduated to the big datacenter in the sky in May 2021.