Welcome to the Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab


handshakeOur lab investigates interactions and relationships between people from diverse groups. What makes our initial encounters, partnerships, and friendships with individuals from different cultural backgrounds stagnate or succeed? What steps can individuals (and institutions) take to build or repair trust in intergroup interactions? How can we maintain interpersonal trust when facing intercultural conflicts?

We take a social psychological approach to understanding the interpersonal dynamics of intergroup interactions and relationships. We attempt to clarify how both situational and individual factors interact in ways that enable people to connect and bridge cultural divides. Our work addresses questions related to impression management, nonverbal behaviour, affect, depletion, cooperation, and trust.

  1. June 13, 2018Dr. Bergsieker elected as a Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Fellow

    Election to the Society reflects the committee's judgment that a member has made and will continue to provide substantial contributions to social psychology as an empirical science. 

  2. Apr. 30, 2018SSHRC CGS-D awarded to Emily Cyr

    Congratulations to graduate student Emily Cyr on receiving the Canada Graduate Scholarships Program - Doctoral Scholarships!

    The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awards scholarships to students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement, strong personal characteristics, and potential high quality research in their studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

  3. Apr. 30, 2018OGS awarded to Erik Jansen

    Congratulations to graduate student Erik Jansen for receiving the Ontario Graduate Scholarship!

    The OGS awards are merit-based scholarships, intended to promote excellence in graduate studies in all disciplines of academic study.

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