Eric Hehman, PhD
Eric Hehman is an Associate Professor of Psychology at McGill University and director of the Seeing Human Lab. His research examines the causes and consequences of intergroup prejudices, and how perceptions across group boundaries (e.g., race, gender, sexual-orientation, occupation, etc) contribute to intergroup dynamics. 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) and statistical techniques (e.g., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, machine learning).
In his free time, Eric used to do somewhat interesting things, but now he sits and looks out the window at the plague-ridden world.
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 (supposedly), 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.
Travis Lim, MSocSci
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Travis received his BSocSci (Hons) and MSocSci in Psychology at the National University of Singapore. He is broadly interested in intergroup relations, with a specific focus in prejudice and diversity. Travis integrates big data and geospatial analyses with traditional psychological approaches to understand the true nature of prejudice and identify how intergroup biases can be reduced.
Travis enjoys traveling, comedy, and strategy games (including bridge and mahjong).
Neil Hester, PhD
Neil worked in the lab as a post-doc, focusing on how social categories such as race, gender, and age intersect with contextual factors to predict stereotyping and discrimination. Beyond his scholarship, he weathered Montreal during the first few years of COVID, mixed some excellent cocktails, and developed a high-dimensional halfling wizard (Siggy Doublesight). He left the lab to start as an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo in summer 2022.
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.