Nicolas Lab

Gandalf Nicolas

Gandalf Nicolas

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Rutgers University

Welcome

At the Nicolas lab we study how people make sense of the social world. Our research is at the intersection of social cognition and interdisciplinary quantitative methods (e.g., machine learning and natural language processing). Specific topics include spontaneous stereotyping, perceptions of individuals who belong to multiple social groups (e.g., Multiracial and intersectional identities), first impressions based on facial appearance, and social biases in Artificial Intelligence, among others.

Recent News

The Nicolas Lab is looking for students to join for the Fall of 2020!

Please contact the faculty director at gandalf.nicolas@rutgers.edu if you are interested!

Meet the Fellowship

Faculty Director

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Gandalf Nicolas

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Social Cognition, Person Perception, Quantitative Methods, Bias in Machine Learning

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Ashley Han

Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychological & Neurological Disorders

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Mohammad S. Wiswall

Social Cognition, Philosophy of Mind, Social Decision-Making, Bias & Stereotyping, Social Perception

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Priya Jain

Behavioral Economics, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Neuroscience, Decision Making

Projects

Complex Social Categorization

How are categorically-ambiguous and multiply-categorizable targets perceived?

Social-Cognitive Bias & Machine Learning

Do machine learning models reflect human stereotypes and social categorization biases?

Spontaneous Social Cognition Content

How are categorically-ambiguous and multiply-categorizable targets perceived?

Recent Publications

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(2020). Groups' warmth is a personal matter: Understanding consensus on stereotype dimensions reconciles adversarial models of social evaluation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

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(2019). Exploring research methods blogs in psychology: Who posts what about whom, with what effect. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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(2018). Other than the sum: Hispanic and Middle Eastern categorizations of Black-White mixed-race faces. Social and Personality Psychological Science.

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(2017). Constructing race: How people categorize others and themselves in racial terms. Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science.

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