In the Culture and Social Identity Development Laboratory, we study how children's social identities (gender identity, racial/ethnic identity) develop from preschool to early elementary school.
We examine changes in social identities over time (e.g., being a “girly girl” in preschool, then a tomboy in elementary school), and we investigate what social cognitive factors (e.g., awareness of stereotypes) lead to these changes. We also examine what consequences come about due to children's social identities. These consequences might include health and well-being, academic engagement, and intergroup attitudes (e.g., attitudes toward girls and boys or toward children from different ethnic groups).
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Congratulations to our students for the following awards:
2016 Western Psychological Association (WPA) Christina Maslach-Philip Zimbardo Research Award in Social Psychology, Greysi Vizcardo
2016 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Student Poster Award Finalist, Natassia Mattoon
2016 SPSP Diversity Fund Undergraduate Registration Award, Brenda Gutierrez
2016 SPSP Diversity Fund Undergraduate Registration Award, Natassia Mattoon
2016 CSULB Psychology Poster Competition – Completed Research, 1st place, Brenda Gutierrez
2016 CSULB Joann Beers Service Award, Kestrel Owen
2016 CSULB Outstanding Senior in Psychology, Brenda Gutierrez
2016 CSULB Outstanding Senior in Psychology, Natassia Mattoon
2016 CSULB Outstanding Senior in Psychology, Kestrel Owen
2016 CSULB Outstanding Senior in Psychology, Greysi Vizcardo