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The CARMA Lab seeks to understand religion and culture. Below are the types of questions the Carma Lab is interested in studying:
How do we navigate the fundamental tensions between cooperation and conflict that are inherent to social living? The Cooperation and Conflict Lab investigates these process across a variety of systems, from humans food sharing to cooperation in multicellularity and cancer. We use diverse methods including computation modeling, human subjects experiments and fieldwork to explore the decision rules and fundamental principles that shape cooperation across systems.
Sociality is a tricky business. On one hand it offers important opportunities for mutual benefit, and on the other hand it can present threats from cheaters and competitors. This fundamental tension between the benefits and costs of social living is the focus of the Cooperation and Conflict Lab. From models of the evolution of cooperation to analyses of reproductive competition, we explore how the tension between cooperation and competition has shaped sociality across many different systems.
The mission of the Culture and Decision Science Network is to understand how people think, feel, and behave like they do and the underlying influences of dynamic interactions between culture and individual psychology.
The cultures we live in shape our minds and our behavior. The Culture and Ecology Lab focuses on how patterns of cultural variation and cultural change may be understood as responses to changes in basic ecological conditions (i.e. population density, pathogen prevalence, resource scarcity). In this line of research, we use frameworks and tools from behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, econometrics, big data, and cultural psychology. Using these tools, we believe we may not only be able to explain current patterns of cultural variation and past patterns of cultural change but to forecast future cultural trends. We also use EEG and ERP to study how cultural factors affect neural responses involved in a host of social cognitive processes.
We are currently exploring the following questions and others like them:
We are currently exploring the following issues, and others like them:
Our approach is an integrative one, pulling together theory and findings from social psychology, ecological psychology, and evolutionary biology to explore fundamental questions of social cognition and behavior.
Research at SAIL focuses on both internalizing and externalizing pathways to alcohol use and related problems. We currently have an NIH/NIAAA grant 1K01AA024160-01A1 in order to study impaired control over drinking which is drinking beyond the self-proscribed limit for alcohol consumption. Laboratory-based studies are conducted in a simulated nautically themed bar setting on the Arizona State University Campus. We are exploring both cold executive function (i.e. memory capacity and problem-solving skills) as well as emotional pathways leading to drinking to excess despite intentions or incentives to limit consumption. We are exploring both trait (personality) and state (in the moment) aspects of impulsivity and other behavioral control variables and how this predicts drinking behavior in a naturalistic bar setting.
The Shiota Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Testing (SPLAT lab) conducts basic and translational research on the nature and implications of human emotion, using a multi-method approach that integrates physiological, behavioral, cognitive, narrative, and questionnaire measures of emotional responding.