Alin Coman

Alin Coman
Associate Professor
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

Momennejad, I., Duker, A., & Coman, A. (2019). Bridge ties bind collective memories. Nature Communications, 10 (1), 1-8.

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Vlasceanu, M., Enz, K., Coman, A. (2018). Cognition in a social context: A social-interactionist approach to emergent phenomena. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 27(5), 369-377.

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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

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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., 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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