Welcome to the SIIB Lab at Wesleyan University!
The Social Identity and Intergroup Bias Lab is directed by Professor Clara L. Wilkins and run by a team of Wesleyan students. Our research focuses on social stigma, prejudice and stereotyping. We examine perceptions of bias against high-status groups and how physical appearance shapes stereotyping.
Some of the questions our research explores:
- What causes individuals who have traditionally been seen as perpetrators of bias (e.g. whites, men) to perceive themselves as victims of discrimination?
- What are the consequences of perceiving bias?
- How do people react when individuals claim to be victims of bias?
- How does variation within groups (e.g. variation in racial minorities’ physical appearance) affect stereotyping and identification?