Research deals with how people make decisions about their social
surroundings and navigate their web of interactions with known and trusted
others (friends, family) and those who they may not know and even dislike
(strangers, outgroup members).
Research programs fall along four lines, and the common denominator
is that the social relates strongly to the cognitive. I study how people
understand and make decisions about the social aspects of the world versus
those related to tasks and work, how people make decisions about others and
the cognitive biases that may preclude creating social connections,
how social interaction and relationships support and enhance cognitive
abilities and performance, and how the cognitively stimulating nature of
social interaction is affected by trust, asynchrony, and inauthenticity in
ones approach to others.