The experimental social psychology lab at Providence College consists of Dr. Shannon Rauch and undergraduate students interested in conducting social psychological research. We are currently exploring prejudice and its relationship to victim-based and blame-based messages and other forms of social influence. We are also looking at the influence of social networking on the acceptance of race-based messages.
Dr. Rauch is a social psychologist whose primary interests include the development of extreme racial attitudes and the effectiveness of extremist propaganda. She received her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University.
We are thrilled to have Silvia in the lab during her last semester at Providence College. After graduating in December, she plans on pursuing a graduate degree in psychology and then returning to her native Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the lab, she has had a leading role on studies about prejudice, collective guilt, and extreme attitudes. Outside of the lab, she is an avid reader, but also knows her way around a boxing ring. She will be missed!
Joe is a returning senior from Needham, MA (and our resident DJ). He has worked on prejudice-related studies and is developing a new study on people’s responses to potentially offensive race-related memes. When he’s not creating new and exciting social psychology experiments or DJing, he’s probably playing basketball or watching The Office. A summer work experience at Butler hospital has inspired him to pursue nursing school after his May graduation.
José is a senior originally from Caracas, Venezuela and currently living in Port Jefferson, NY. Over the past couple of years, he has worked on multiple studies regarding extreme attitudes and is also interested in persuasion, cognitive dissonance, and social influences. His many interests include running, long boarding, and reading fiction novels. He would love to someday go to film or photography school and move out west.
We are delighted to welcome Ashley, a junior from Blackstone, MA, to the social psych lab. She has jumped into the lab’s work, already getting new studies in racial attitudes off the ground. Ashley is involved all over PC, including the Providence College Dance Club, the IT Helpdesk, Admission Ambassadors, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program. We’re not sure how she fits it in, but she also enjoys the beach, reading, playing volleyball, and golfing.
Joe is a junior from Spring City, PA and also new to the social psychology lab. He is currently working on projects involving collective guilt and victim mentality. His many other interests range from baseball, surfing, and lifting to poetry, opera, and board games. Joe has plans to link his psychology and business interests, perhaps with an MBA and a doctorate in Organizational Psychology.
Nicole is a junior who is coming to us all the way from Burlingame, CA. Besides working in the social psychology lab and conducting studies on racial attitudes, Nicole enjoys collecting vintage video cameras, watching old movies, and traveling. She recently interned at Intel Corp. and is considering a corporate path after graduation
Tessa is a junior from Glastonbury, CT. She recently joined the social psychology lab and we love having her energy and enthusiasm. She is currently working on a project involving the influence of social networking on the effectiveness of racial propaganda. When she can tear herself away from the lab, she likes to read, bake, watch TV, and is a member of Hospitality at PC. She is considering joining the ranks of academic psychologists in the future and we’re very happy that she’s getting her start with us.