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The Lab


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The West Interpersonal Perception Lab
 New York University, Department of Social Psychology
 Tessa V. West
Who works in the West Interpersonal Perception Lab?
Tessa West Tessa V. West

Tessa West is an Assistant Professor at New York University.  She has been at NYU since earning her PhD in Social Psychology at University of Connecticut in 2008.  Her research focuses on understanding the nature and dynamics of human perception, in particular how we perceive others in cross-race interactions. Tessa's multi-method approach to studying dyadic- and group-level interactions balances real-world validity with the control of experimental settings. Please see Tessa's CV for more information.

The Lab The Lab (left to right)

Top: Lindy Gullett, Taiyba Mahmud, Sam Kramer, Kyle Kozman, Tessa West
Bottom: Sophia Rehman, Rathna Ramamurthy, Chadly Stern, Hillary Genovese, Sarah Gordon, Nicole Rothstein, Ashley Castro

Lindy Gullett

Lindy (Rosalind) Gullett, graduate lab member

Lindy is a second year doctoral student in NYU’s Social Psychology PhD program.  She graduated from Pomona College in 2009 with a BA in psychology and a mathematics minor. Lindy’s research relates to person perception in inter- and intra-group interactions. To allow for increased understanding of group dynamics in the real world, Lindy's research emphasizes how research on interpersonal processes (e.g. mimicry, displays of trust) can be applied to intergroup interactions. In particular, she is interested in how both intra-racial and inter-racial interactions can be improved through simple behavioral and informational manipulations that do not necessitate recategorization or individuation. She also has an additional line of research concerning contagion of traits through shared group membership. In other words - her second line of research suggests that we adopt the (perceived) traits of those with whom we share group membership. Please see Lindy's CV for more information.

Chadly Stern

Chadly Stern, graduate lab member

Chadly is a first year doctoral student at NYU. He also graduated from NYU in 2011 majoring in psychology and minoring in child and adolescent mental health studies. His interest in intergroup relations broadly includes group power, discrimination, and intergroup contact. His senior thesis explored the “dark side” of positive intergroup contact, specifically how the form of contact experienced between high and low power groups influences: (1) expectations for equality; and (2) allocation of resources. In his graduate studies, Chadly plans to research how the motivations of high and low power members of various social groups (e.g., racial groups) influence perceptions of and actions toward both ingroup and outgroup members. Please see Chadly's CV for more information.

Sarah Gordon Sarah Gordon, lab manager

Sarah completed her honors thesis during her junior undergraduate year entitled "Would-You-Rather: Reducing Interracial Anxiety in Cross-Race Dyadic Interactions." Her thesis was awarded the Wilfred L. And Ruth S. F. Peltz research scholar grant, and she and her research partner, Jennifer Colna, were granted the award for Best Research Presentation in a Series at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Sarah has also worked as a research assistant in the lab of Wendy Mendes at Harvard University and Laura Kubzansky at the Harvard School of Public Health. She hopes to pursue a career that combines her interests in social psychology and group processes with her interests in public health and policy. Sarah graduated from NYU in May of 2011 and will be pursuing a Master's in Public Health come the Fall focusing her studies on the intersection between psychology and health policy.


Rathna Ramamurthi, undergraduate lab member

Rathna is currently a senior at NYU majoring in Politics and Psychology and minoring in Spanish. Her interest in intergroup relations includes mixed race anxiety and interethnic conflict. Her thesis explores the effects of mixed race anxiety on opinion formation surrounding minority race political leaders. She is also studying the combined effects of racial phenotypicality and mixed race anxiety. Rathna is completing a master's degree in international affairs at NYU next year, and plans to continue studying intergroup anxiety and conflict. 

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