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Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture
Principal Investigator(s): Heine, Steve Henrich, Joseph Norenzayan, Ara
Lab Address: http://www.hecc.ubc.ca/

Our purpose in establishing the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture (HECC) is to create a research and training hub that will simultaneously advance understanding of the human species within the framework of Darwinian evolutionary theory, and encourage evolutionary scientists to incorporate cultural learning and cultural evolution in explanations of human thought and behavior
Culture and Self Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Heine, Steve
Lab Address: http://www.psych.ubc.ca/~heinelab/

Our primary research focus is on cultural psychology, exploring the ways in which culture and self mutually constitute each other. We have a very active lab with 7 graduate students and numerous research assistants on the roster (see people page). Also, many of our projects are conducted with collaborators around the world.

Some of our on-going projects include research on the cultural underpinnings of motivation (e.g., self-improvement, face-maintenance, prevention), the self-concept (e.g., self-awareness, self-consistency, ingroup-boundaries), relationships (e.g., attraction, romantic love), psychopathology (e.g., depression), the pursuit of meaning (e.g., terror management theory), cognition (e.g., dialectical thinking). Many of these projects involve cross-cultural comparisons, especially involving Japanese, Canadian, Chilean, and American samples.

Culture, Cognition and Coevolution Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Henrich, Joseph
Lab Address: http://www.psych.ubc.ca/~cultevolab/

Our research program aims to construct a vertically integrated approach to culture and cultural evolution that synthesizes theory and methods from across the sciences, particularly from psychology, economics, biology, and anthropology. Below, we first broadly sketch the theoretical framework that links the various avenues of our work, then highlight certain key aspects of our research program, and finally review past work in setting out our current directions.
Emotion and Self Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Tracy, Jessica
Lab Address: http://www.ubc-emotionlab.ca/

In the Emotion and Self Lab, we study the process, structure, expression, and regulation of emotions and self. Much of our research is focused on self-conscious emotions (pride, shame, embarrassment, and guilt)—emotions that are intricately entwined with complex self-evaluative processes. But we also study more “basic” level emotions, such as anger, fear, sadness, and happiness.

We use a wide range of methods to study emotional processes, including behavioral observation and coding, social-cognitive techniques, cross-cultural comparisons, cross-sectional and longitudinal designs, factor analysis, cluster analysis, and content-coding. In an effort to improve the study of self-conscious emotions, we have developed several measurement tools that are available to other researchers.

Moral Psychology Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Walker, Larry
Lab Address: http://larrywalker.ca

Researchers in the Moral Development Lab focus on aspects of the psychology of moral development, especially moral personality and identity. We are fundamentally interested in exploring the factors that contribute to exemplary moral action.
Personality Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Paulhus, Del
Lab Address: http://www.psych.ubc.ca/%7Edellab/

Although the personality constructs of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and subclinical psychopathy originated in different fields of research, there are striking similarities. To varying degrees, all three constructs entail a dark, socially destructive character with behavior tendencies such as grandiosity, emotional coldness, manipulation and aggressiveness. In the clinical literature, the link between narcissism and psychopathy has been noted for some time. The recent development of sub-clinical measures of narcissism and psychopathy has permitted direct comparison of the three dark traits in normal populations. Some researchers have argued that, in non-clinical populations, the three constructs may be one and the same. Most of our research has been conducted college samples at our large, competitive institution, The University of British Columbia.
Social Accuracy Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Biesanz, Jeremy
Lab Address: http://www.socialaccuracy.com/

Broadly, work in the Social Accuracy Lab examines the process of interpersonal impressions, exploring the impressions we form about the stable and global personality traits of others and the self. Utilizing the Social Accuracy Model (SAM) we are able to explore overall levels and variability in accuracy and bias in impressions, as well as examine various factors that impact these perceptual tendencies.
Social Cognitive Development Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Baron, Andrew
Lab Address: http://childdevelopment.psych.ubc.ca/

The Social Cognitive Development lab explores how children (from infancy through early teenage years) establish preferences for and beliefs about other people. Research involves understanding how preferences for and stereotypes about people are acquired and change across development on both a conscious and an unconscious level of processing.
Social Cognition and Emotion Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Dunn, Elizabeth
Lab Address: http://dunn.psych.ubc.ca/social-cognition-and-emotion-lab/lab-members/

Happiness, self-knowledge, affective forecasting and implicit social cognititon.
Social Cognition Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Schaller, Mark
Lab Address: http://www.psych.ubc.ca/~schallerlab/

Our research addresses questions about how people think about other people, and the implications that these cognitions have for social behavior. In a lot of work, we draw on an evolutionary perspective to deduce – and then test – hypotheses about these social psychological processes. In some of our research, we examine additional cultural consequences of these psychological processes.
Social Identity Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Schmader, Toni
Lab Address: http://schmader.psych.ubc.ca/

One primary line of research in our lab involves an investigation of variables that play a role in the inhibiting effects of negative group stereotypes on academic test performance.
The Culture and Cognition Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Norenzayan, Ara
Lab Address: http://www.psych.ubc.ca/~anlab/index.htm

We are interested in examining the mutual interactions between the functioning of individual minds and widely shared beliefs and their material effects, that is, cultures.

Research in the lab spans a wide range of topics, including cultural variability and universality in cognition, the psychological foundations of culture, and religious cognition.

The Forensic Psychology Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Dutton, Don
Lab Address: http://lab.drdondutton.com/

Our lab studies a variety of topics relating to the application of psychology within a legal context. From investigations of the abusive personality to intimate partner violence, and cognitive dissonance in family conflicts, lab members work together to further the knowledge in the field of forensic psychology.
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