We have several ongoing research projects in the Social Connections Lab:

We are human campaign, NYC and california

The We Are Human project is an offshoot of the Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity (PACH), a think and do take founded at NYU. Led by Niobe Way, Carol Gilligan, Pedro Noguera, and Alisha Ali, PACH aims to bring together the science and practice that underscore our common humanity in order to create a more just and humane society. We Are Human hopes to expand on these principles to promote PACH’s values in communities across the world, and to develop research projects that provide empirical evidence to support our mission. 

We are currently in the process of developing a research study in which participants view video self-portraits of a diverse group of people. In these videos, individuals answer five empathic questions: what do you fear the most, what do you desire the most, who do you trust the most, what it the best thing that has ever happened to you, and what is your most meaningful childhood memory? We hope to show that individuals who view these videos show greater amounts of empathy, disclosure, and trust and decreases on various measures of implicit bias and prejudice. Currently, we are collecting and editing these videos. We will begin running subjects and collecting data in February 2016 after the start of the spring term. 

In addition to our research, we will be working in California for the month of January to create a similar video compilation to promote trust and empathy between law enforcement and communities. We are also working to expand our social media presence to help promote online conversations surrounding our message (#wearehuman). 

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resistance among youth (RAY)

The Resistance Among Youth project is a longitudinal study looking at examples of accommodation and resistance to stereotypes across friendships, race, and gender. Currently we are examining 6th, 8th, and 11th grade interviews collected from adolescent girls in New York City schools. Two other projects stemming from this research are ongoing as well. One focuses on resistance to racial stereotypes and the other examines socialization and relationships between participants and their mothers, pulling from both the girls and boys interviews.  

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chinese families study

The Chinese Families Research team does longitudinal mix-method study with Chinese children and parents’ in both China and U.S.. We are interested in how the changing social, economic and cultural context is influencing Chinese children’s development and parenting practices. Current ongoing projects include examining Chinese mothers’ gender socialization, Chinese fathers’ parenting style and children’s friendship quality, work climate and families mental health, etc.