Ph.D., New School for Social Research
The Socio-Cognitive Processes 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.
Vlasceanu, M, Drach, R., Coman, A. (2018). Suppressing my memories by listening to yours: the effect of socially-triggered context-based prediction error on memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25(6), 2373-2379.
Coman, A. & Momennejad, I, Geana, A, Drach, D.R. (2016). Mnemonic convergence in social networks: the emergent properties of cognition at a collective level. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.