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Alan Lambert

​Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

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​The overarching focus of Alan Lambert’s research is the cognitive and affective processes that underlie social and political judgment. 

Lambert’s disciplinary work draws from research and theory within psychology (social, personality, cognitive) as well as from sociology and political science. His work encompasses the following specific lines of research:

  • Dynamics of racial/ethnic prejudice, particularly with respect to the role of individual differences (social dominance orientation, right wing authoritarianism);
  • Consequences of empathy on intergroup polarization and prejudice;
  • Activation and suppression of stereotypic knowledge in private versus public contexts;
  • The effects of psychological threat (e.g. fear of terrorism, mortality threats) on social and political judgment;
  • And the processes underlying perceptions of income disparity.

In the media

The Legacy of January 6, 2021

Guests the Honorable Richard Gephardt and Zach Wamp joined the American Democracy Lab podcast — presented by Washington University’s Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement — to reflect on the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and discuss its legacy.


What happened to a ‘United’ States?

What happened to a ‘United’ States?

In a new episode of the “American Democracy Lab” podcast, Washington University experts discuss the social and political consequences of anger and how it can be constructive.

Advice to public mindset

Alan Lambert is an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where he directs the attitude and social cognition laboratory. He offers advice regarding the Trump administration mindset, especially regarding Russia and international relations:  “If there is anything that Americans should have learned from Donald […]