How do we reach beyond our current experience? One of the most basic challenges that people face in everyday life is how to cross gaps—gaps that separate self from other, now from future, here from there, and us from them. Even the simplest activities, like having a conversation or planning what to do next week, would be impossible if it were not for the human capacity to get unstuck from current experience and relate to other people, future time points, and distant contexts. The research in our lab centers around the social psychological tools that humans have developed to help them reach across these distances, as well as the situational factors that make it harder to get “unstuck” from the current context.
For more details on some of our current projects, click on a subsection to the right.