The INSPIRE lab team, led by Dr. Demis E. Glasford, conducts experimental research on injustice decision-making, intergroup relations, and collective action. As an applied behavioral science lab much of the work in the lab examines questions aimed at understanding how people make decisions about whether or how to respond to injustice befalling others, how to improve relations between groups of differing power, and understanding the psychology of when and why people engage in collective action to resist a subordinated position within a given social system.

We examine research questions primarily through the lens of Social Psychology, but our approach is interdisciplinary, such that we often use theory and research from a variety of disciplines, including economics, political psychology, media studies, international relations, and political science. In our work, we seek not only to advance theory, but also to conduct research with practical implications for real-world settings. Therefore, research is often designed such that the results can be systematically translated into applied science ends points, for instance within school and business settings, as well as for use by the international NGO community. Broadly, the goal of the INSPIRE lab is to conduct theory-driven and evidence based applied behavioral science for use in organizational, domestic and foreign-policy contexts.   Learn More...

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