The Yale Intergroup Relations Lab is dedicated to the study of intergroup relations and diversity. Its goal is to understand (a) the processes leading to prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination of racial and ethnic groups, sexual minorities, immigrants, and people with disabilities; (b) the experiences, adaptations, and resilience of members of stigmatized groups; and (c) how cultural bias and social power influence the nature of intergroup interactions in ways that create intergroup miscommunication and reinforce social prejudices, subtly contribute to social inequality, and hinder genuinely helpful interpersonal and intergroup behavior.
Research in the Yale Intergroup Relations Lab incorporates a range of methodologies and techniques from social psychology, clinical psychology, political psychology, field research, social cognition, and neuroscience. Although experimental research is central, the work of the laboratory encompasses a range of different empirical approaches. Topics are international in scope and bridge basic research with applications for social policy and interventions to improve intergroup relations and promote social equality.