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 an Associate Editor at both the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. For more information about Dr. Rule's research interests, please click on the Research link above or browse his Publications.

Miranda Giacomin is a Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Rule. She completed her Ph.D. at Wilfrid Laurier University. Miranda examines how situations can influence people's tendency to be more or less narcissistic, and how people's narcissism influences first impressions and the success of interpersonal relationships over time. Miranda's personal website can be found here.
Shelbie Sutherland is a 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.

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 people effectively navigate their social world using minimal nonverbal cues, such as from the face and synchronous body movement.
Thora Bjornsdottir is a second-year doctoral student. 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 the relationship between group membership (such as nationality and social class) and person perception. She is also interested in factors that influence accuracy in the categorization of perceptually ambiguous groups.
Laura Tian is a first-year MA 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.

Ashley Battaglini (Lab Manager)
Jala Alsoufi
Elise Bertin
Christopher Brinton
Helen Chen
Joseph Choi
Ayah Ellithy
Mark Khalil
Sarah Khan
Tiffany Kim
Chae-Rim Lee
Kayla Liu
Erica Matulis
Hamid Qureshi
Denise Salazar
Golsa Shafa
Chuyun Shen
Pearl Wang