The Social Perception, Attitudes, Mental Simulation Lab

Current Graduate Students


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Information about recent graduates can be found on the Affiliated Scholars page





Lab Managers | For the current lab managers (who are also graduate students), see the Lab Managers page
Lab Members | Graduate Student Researchers

Dayana Aghaie goes by "D" is a second-year student in the Social Psycology M.A. concentration. She is interested generally in stereotyping and schemas in social perception, and specifically in applications of Construal Level Theory to heterosexuals' expressions of prejudice toward gay and lesbian targets.

Mercedes Pearson is a second-year student in the Social Psychology M.A. concentration. Her research interests include examining the developmental processes and means of social categories using two perspectives: (a) self-perception and (b) social perception. She is interested in how these two perspectives work together to influence gender role expectations. Specifically, she is interested in womanhood and its contents, which include the expected and/or desired traits, qualities, behaviors, tendencies, and preferences that are considered to be specific for women in a particular society.

Laurel Somers is second-year student in the Social Psychology M.A. concentration. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Spring 2012 from SFSU with her B.A., double majoring in Psychology and Anthropology. She is interested in the psychology of evaluation, particularly in regards to attitudes toward and perceptions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. Her honors thesis research and her current research projects explore heterosexual women's and men's attitudes toward lesbians and gay men, respectively, based on attire-based gender presentation. Laurel is also a member of Psi Chi.


Stacy Castellanos is a first-year student in the Social M.A. concentration. He is currently interested in how positively framed gender-based stereotypes influence attitudes toward women. Specifically, he would like to investigate how exposure to positively framed stereotypic information activates related negatively framed stereotypic information, and, in turn, how this impacts endorsement of sexist ideologies (i.e., hostile and benevolent sexism). 



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