Dr. Nadler runs an active experimental research lab in the Fall, Spring, and Summer and is always looking for talented and motivated students to work as research assistants (Psyc 491). Dr. Nadler’s research mainly focuses on the psychological impact of stereotypes in biased work place decision making (selection, promotion, performance appraisals, and compensation). Although the majority of Dr. Nadler’s studies focus on gender stereotypes, he has also researched sexual harassment, diversity training, stereotype threat, and sexual orientation.
Aggression Study: A psychometric evaluation of indirect measure of propensity towards aggression. The lab is working on alternate methods to indirectly but accurately measure changes in tendencies towards aggression. Previous studies have utilized fairly elaborate in-person deceptions to assess aggression (delivering shocks, loud noises, or unpleasant food to confederates trying to illicit aggressions). The lab is testing a specifically designed ‘cute’ video game that secretly tracks aggressive acts as a simpler (and potentially online) method of collecting similar information.
Sexual Harassment: Accountability, Orientation, and Training: Preconceptions of the gender and orientation of targets and perpetrators of sexual harassment (SH) impact perceptions of SH. This study attempts to examine ways to reduce this bias while simultaneously examining its sources. Participants are asked to rate a series of ambiguous SH scenarios. Multiple variables are manipulated including the gender of the target and perpetrator, the type of organization in which the events occur, whether or not the participants will be held accountable for their decisions regarding the events, and whether or not the participants have received SH training. Through this study we are hoping to identify whether implicit or explicit bias drives perceptions of SH and whether these biased effects can be reduced through explicit instructions.