Our research spans three content areas to examine social perception, intergroup relations, and how people navigate, and are treated in, social contexts as a function of their identities. 

For a list of past publications, and some current questions we are investigating, read below!

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Social Perception

What are the effects of identity on perception and cognition?

How do people determine whether a group or organization is diverse, and with what implications?

What factors affect how we categorize others into social groups?

Interpersonal & Intergroup Interactions

When and why do groups engage in inclusion and collective action (e.g., coalition building) or exclusion and conflict (e.g., hierarchy maintenance) 

How do people navigate multiple identities in interactions with others?

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Identities in Context

How do people who belong to stigmatized groups evaluate situational and interpersonal cues to belonging or threat?

What factors drive inequitable treatment in higher education, and how can these be mitigated?

When shared group membership is salient, are people more likely to confront discrimination against others?

Recent Publications

Malik, H. B., Norman, J. B., & Puente, A. E. (2024). A vignette-based study examining attitudes toward mental and brain illness in the United States and Pakistan. Stigma and Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000514 


Norman, J. B., Franco, M. G., & Chen, J. M. (2022). Multiracial individuals’ rejection and acceptance experiences and implications for life satisfaction. Journal of Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2021.1996322


Norman, J. B., Fuesting, M. A., Geerling, D. M., Chen, J. M., Gable, S. L., & Diekman, A. B. (2021). To Pursue or Not to Pursue STEM? Faculty Behavior Enhances Student Involvement in STEM Roles by Signaling Role-Specific Support. Social Psychological and Personality Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/19485506211035003.
*Preprint available for download at: https://osf.io/gdcx4/ 


Chen, J. M., Fine, A., Norman, J. B., Frick, P. J., & Cauffman, E. (2021). Out of the picture: Male youths’ facial features predict their juvenile justice system processing outcomes. Crime & Delinquency, 67(6-7), 787-807. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128721999347 


Chen, J. M., Norman, J. B., & Nam, Y. (2021). Broadening the stimulus set: Introducing the American Multiracial Faces Database. Behavior Research Methods, 53, 371-389. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-020-01447-8.
*Stimuli free to use for academic research accessible through the SCIP Lab Website


Norman, J. B., & Chen, J. M. (2020). “I am Multiracial”: Predictors of Multiracial identification strength among mixed ancestry individuals. Self & Identity, 19(5), 501-520. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2019.1635522