Social Cognition Laboratory

Directed by Brittany Tausen, PhD, the Social Cognition Laboratory (SoCo Lab) within the School of Psychology, Family, and Community at Seattle Pacific University investigates how people think about themselves and others, as well as the judgments and behaviors that follow these mental processes. If you are interested in learning more about the specific research we conduct, please visit our external website.

Dr. Tausen and her research team study:

  • Perspective-taking
  • Prospection
  • Time-space mapping
  • Imaginary interactions

Research assistantships

If you are a current SPU student interested in joining the SoCo research team, you must:

  • Complete a research contract with Dr. Tausen
  • Complete PSY 3438 Social Psychology
  • Register for PSY 2361 Research Experience or PSY 4970 Independent Research (three or more credits)     
  • Commit to participate as a research assistant for two or more quarters

If you would like to join our lab or participate in our current research studies, we would love to talk with you. Please contact Dr. Brittany Tausen at for more information.

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