Prejudice, Behavior, & Judgment Lab

Prof. Jin X. Goh | Colby College

About PB&J Lab

Welcome to the Prejudice, Behavior, and Judgment (PB&J) Lab! We are a team of Colby students, faculty (Dr. Jin X. Goh), and international collaborators who are passionate about using psychological science to understand human relations and current social issues. As our lab name suggests, we conduct research on Prejudice (attitudes regarding gender, race, sexual orientations), Behavior (nonverbal behavior, writing, drawing), and Judgment (judgment and perception of people's personality, emotion, morality, identities).

 

Using rich behavioral methods, we try to understand how people perceive, think about, and interact with others. Our main line of research focuses on social perceptions and interactions between individuals who do not share the same social identities such as men and women, gay and straight people, and Black and White people. We are also interested in basic interpersonal processes such as expressions and perceptions of personality and emotions.

Here are some examples of ongoing research questions in the PB&J Lab:

  • How do people perceive victims of sexual harassment?

  • What predicts support for Affirmative Action and diversity initiatives?

  • When are collective actions deemed acceptable or not?

  • How are personality traits and emotions expressed/detected?

  • What factors shape decisions to disclose/conceal stigmatized identities?

Lab Values & Philosophy

In the PB&J Lab, we value and celebrate diversity and inclusion. We believe diversity and inclusion make our science better. These values are reflected in our research and our team members' identities. All students are welcomed to join and participate. We value and respect everyone's gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, religion, language, national origin, veteran status, disability, mental and physical health, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, or any visible or invisible characteristics.​ Many lab members come from diverse backgrounds (Jin included), and we work to ensure that this lab is a safe and inclusive environment where we can discuss difficult questions and conduct rigorous research. 

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Science is hard. Human behaviors are complex, intricate, and irrational. Therefore, in the PB&J Lab, we try our hardest to do the best science we can. We use open science practices (such as pre-registration, open data and materials, high-powered design, mini meta-analysis) whenever possible and/or reasonable. We also participate in large-scale collaborative research network, including the Psychological Science Accelerator. Science is hard, but it is easier and more fun when we collaborate, respect, and work with one another.