Mechanisms of Ingroup-Outgroup Discrimination

Hello everyone, my name is John Haight and this summer I will be conducting research using an EEG to record participants’ brain waves for a study on the mechanisms of ingroup-outgroup discrimination.  EEG stands for electroencephalogram and it is used to record electrical brain-wave activity from participants over the course of an experiment.  EEGs are especially useful for research in social psychology since they are able to instantaneously record brain activity as participants are reacting to stimuli.  When this brain data is averaged over many participants, researchers can look to see how the participants’ brains reacted to the presented stimuli, and see if there are relationships between groups within the participant pool to certain stimuli.

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