Alin Coman

Associate Professor
Office Phone
529 Peretsman Scully Hall

Ph.D., New School for Social Research


The Cognition in Collectives Lab investigates how cognition manifests in, and is influenced by, the social contexts in which it occurs. We focus on: 1) how conversational interactions can reshape memory, by promoting shared remembering and shared forgetting, and 2) how socio-cognitive processes can facilitate the formation of collective memories and collective beliefs. In exploring these issues, while maintaining high ecological validity, our lab integrates a wide range of methodologies, including laboratory experiments, field studies, social network analysis and manipulation, and agent-based simulations. Taken together, our research shows how macro-level social phenomena can emerge out of psychologically informed micro-level local dynamics.