Nicholas Rule
Principal Investigator

Dr. Rule is Associate Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair in Social Perception and Cognition. He completed his Ph.D. in 2010 at Tufts University in Boston under the mentorship of Nalini Ambady. Prior to that, he did his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College where he worked with Neil Macrae. Dr. Rule has been the recipient of a number of awards, including early career awards from the International Social Cognition Network, the International Academy for Intercultural Research, and the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario, as well as the Sage Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology. He presently serves as the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology, and is the Senior Associate Editor at the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. For more information about Dr. Rule's research interests, please click on the Research link above or browse his Publications.



POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS
Jason Deska is a Chair's Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining the SPCL group, he received his Ph.D. at Miami University. Jason is interested in understanding how the impressions people form of others produce and sustain inequality. In this research, he investigates how characteristics of others' faces, bodies, and social categories lead to discriminatory and dehumanizing evaluative judgments, and how these judgments can be both cause and consequence of disparate outcomes. Jason's personal website is here.
Shelbie Sutherland is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow broadly interested in the cognitive systems that help people to manage the complexities of the world. In the SPCL lab, she focuses on mechanisms that support reasoning about social groups. Her work can be used to inform more effective interventions against the negative consequences of reasoning at the level of social categories--namely, stereotyping and prejudice. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, working with Dr. Andrei Cimpian. There, she focused on the development of how people (1) reason about categories and (2) come to explain their experiences quickly and easily. Please see her personal webpage to learn more.


GRADUATE STUDENTS
Ravin Alaei is a PhD candidate. He received a Bachelor's degree in 2014 and a Master's degree in 2015 from the University of Toronto. His research investigates how individuals' identity is revealed in their nonverbal behaviour and the factors that moderate this process (e.g., impression management, aging).
Thora Bjornsdottir is a final-year PhD candidate, beginning as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow in 2019. She received a Bachelor's degree in 2014 from Cornell University and a Master's degree in 2015 from the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on how social group memberships (such as social class, sexual orientation, culture, and nationality) of both targets and perceivers affect social perception.
Laura Tian is a second-year PhD student. She received a Bachelor's degree in 2015 from Queen's University. She is interested in how facial attractiveness influences impression formation and interacts with cognitive biases during person perception.


GRADUATE ALUMNI
Prof. Miranda Giacomin
Dr. Daniel E. Re
Dr. Konstantin O. Tskhay
Prof. John Paul Wilson


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Moaz Shoura (Lab Manager)
Nada Abou Seif
Kristina Axenova
Samantha Brunet
Yuki Cai
Tyler Delmore
Aneeka Dogra
Anuj Dogra
Jeremy Forsythe
Eisha Haroon
Zaiyuan Hu
Audrey Huang
Jenny Hui
Ruoning Li
Alston Lo
Nathaniel Lynch
Ming Ma
Nasibeh Mohsenzadeh
McLean Morgan
Tania Muthu
Anna Nabutovsky
Jinisha Panjwani
Jasmine Park
James Pettem
Gloria Rebello
Sabrina Tang
Jonathan Tavares-Howard
Lola Wazir