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Social Perception & Attitudes (SPA) Lab

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Social Perception & Attitudes (SPA) Lab

Lab Members

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    Max Weisbuch, Ph.D – Lab Director

    Max Weisbuch is the director of the SPA lab.  Please see here for research interests.
    Office: 341 Frontier Hall
    Phone: 303-871-4893
    Curriculum Vita

Post Doctoral Scholar

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    Evelyne Treinen Ph.D.

    Evelyne is a Post-Doc fellow in the Social Perception & Attitudes Lab. After the completion of a specialized Master in Research, she received her Ph.D. from the Universite Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. Her research focuses on understanding how and when the observation of social nonverbal cues in an individual's environment can shape and influence the preferences and behavior of this individual. For instance, observing another person's averted gaze does not only lead observers to look in the same direction (i.e. gaze-cueing, gaze-following), but also increases their liking for objects looked at by the gazing person (i.e. mimetic desire, gaze-induced liking). Evelyne was granted a 1-year Post-doc fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) allowing her to extend her expertise from the influence of eye gaze to the social influence of nonverbal behavior under the supervision of Prof. Max Weisbuch. Curriculum Vita

Doctoral Students

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    Sarah Lamer

    Sarah is a third-year graduate student in the Social Perception & Attitudes Lab. Her primary interest is in examining if and how subtle sociocultural cues can reinforce and even challenge social inequities, shape individual values, and activate different lay theories about the world. For example, she is interested in the manifestations of gender inequity in social environments. Overall, she aims to address power differentials among sociocultural groups in a way that contributes to scientific knowledge in STEM fields and has clear, broad social benefits. Curriculum Vita

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    Michelle Zad

    Michelle is a second year graduate student in DU’s Affect/Social Psychology doctoral program. She received a BA in social anthropology from UCLA and an MA in psychological anthropology from the University of Chicago. Michelle is primarily interested in the perception of facial expression of emotions, particularly as they serve as social cues for representing behavior. Her work explores cognitive and perceptual influences of action representation, behavior prediction, and person perception. Curriculum Vita 

Thesis Students

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    Emily Laurinec-Studer

    Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2016

    Emily became a research assistant in the SPA lab during the summer of 2014 and is now planning to write a thesis within the lab as a part of the Junior Honors Psychology Distinction program. She will be working under Professor Weisbuch and Evelyne Treinen on a study examining bias contagion for her thesis.

Research Assistants

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    Bryn Babbitt

    Anticipated Graduation: June 2018

    Bryn is a first year student majoring in Psychology. In the SPA lab, she helps in running participants for Tyler and Evelyn's study, as well as helps Sarah out with other needed tasks.

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    Kirsten Fetrow

    Anticipated Graduation: June 2018

    In the SPA lab, she helps in running participants and is colaborating with Sarah and Bryn on a project 

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    Malea McGimsey

    Anticipated graduation date: June 2017

    Malea is working on Michelle's Social Prospection studies trying to test the sequence of cognitive processing of emotionally charged facial expressions. 


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    Paige Dvorak

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    Hannah Eckert

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    Noelle Graham

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    Molly Harris

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    Autumn Lange

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    Andre Leonard

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    Tammy Le

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    Emily Mavaddat

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    Miriam Sarwana

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    Trent Simmons

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    Andrea Westinicky

  • Marin Klostermeier

  • Megan Mccaslin