Alin Coman

Alin Coman
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
529 Peretsman Scully Hall
Ph.D., New School for Social Research
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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.

Representative Publications

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.

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Coman, A. & Berry, J. (2015). Infectious cognition: Risk perception affects socially-shared retrieval induced forgetting of medical information. Psychological Science, 26, 1965-1971.

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Coman, A., & Hirst, W. (2015). Relational motives and socially shared retrieval induced forgetting: The role of social group membership. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(4), 717-722.

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Coman, A., Stone, C., Castano, E., & Hirst, W. (2014). Justifying Atrocities: The Effect of Moral-Disengagement Strategies on Socially Shared Retrieval-Induced Forgetting. Psychological Science, 25:1281-1285.

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Coman, A., Manier, D., Hirst, W. (2009). Forgetting the unforgettable through conversation: Socially shared retrieval induced forgetting of 9/11 memories. Psychological Science, 20(5), 627-633.

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