Social psychologists study how behaviors and beliefs are shaped by the social context in which people are embedded. Cornell social psychologists have studied status beliefs about gender and their impact on career choices; bargaining and power in exchange; the foundations of collective action; the emergence and diffusion of social norms; cooperation and trust; and the role of emotions in exchange. They use a variety of methods, including lab experiments, audit studies, network analysis, agent-based modeling, simulation models, and survey data analysis.
Students who are interested in social psychology can take advantage of courses offered in Sociology, Psychology, and Information Sciences. Students and faculty have access to the Social Dynamics Laboratory (3rd floor Uris).