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SPSSI 2020 Conference Co-Chair



Arianne (Ari) Eason’s research lays at the intersections of social, cultural, and developmental psychology to understand how our social and cultural environments can maintain racial and economic inequalities within our nation. Thus far, her research uses populations of infants, children, and adults to examine three prominent features of the social and cultural environments: 1) How racially segregated environments influence interracial relations; 2) How the omission of contemporary representations of Native people influence biases toward the group; and 3) How the presence of wealth inequality influences infants’ evaluations and actions towards individuals? By shedding light on the ways in which our social and cultural contexts work in tandem with what exists in people’s minds (i.e., thoughts, feelings, and actions), we can better work towards creating a more equitable nation.