Welcome to the March Research Lab website! Below you’ll find some basic information about what it is we do in the lab. The various tabs above will give you more information about the research we conduct and who we are. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
The conventional wisdom in psychology is that humans have two distinct information processing systems, one more controlled (relatively slow) and another that is more automatic (relatively fast). In my lab, we move beyond these “dual process” models to study social psychological phenomena from the perspective of the Dual Implicit Process (DIP) Model. The DIP model is a theoretical model proposing that the currently understood automatic evaluative processing mode (i.e., automatically assessing the goodness/badness of an object) is preceded by an implicit threat assessment (i.e., does the object pose a survival threat). From this perspective, these unique processes are the products of distinct evaluations that both meet criteria for being labeled ‘automatic,’ yet have unique causes and consequences, and potentially different analogues in the brain.
We use this distinction between two serially linked modes of implicit processing to advance our understanding of information processing. In doing so, we apply the threat vs. valence distinction to various research areas that involve both separate threat and otherwise valence processes, such as prejudice, addiction, phobias, and even suicide. By disentangling the roles of these arguably distinct processes, we provide a more accurate window into not only their underlying nature but also, potentially, their treatments and cures.
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