About us

The USC Dornsife Mind & Society Center opened in August 2014 in the new Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall, an interdisciplinary social sciences building. Our research addresses the interface of individual and society by investigating how people think about societal issues and how societal context shapes individuals' thoughts and actions.  Understanding this interface requires insight into the context sensitivity of basic cognitive and affective processes, which we study in laboratory experiments and social surveys, and their real-world implications, which we study through field experiments and controlled interventions.

On the theoretical side, all of our work shares a focus on how individual thinking, feeling, and doing is shaped by often subtle features of the immediate context and the broader societal and cultural environment in which this context is embedded. On the applied side, our work aims to leverage insight into these processes to improve individual and societal decision making.  

Our team 

Each month we feature a member of our team at the M & S Center. Please click on the "people" tab to learn more about our group. 

Dr. Iris Schneider

Iris K. Schneider received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam and is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Dornsife Mind and Society Center at the University of Southern California. She is also part of the Amsterdam Emotion Regulation Lab at the VU University Amsterdam. Her work is funded through a Rubicon  grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

Her research examines the context sensitivity of judgment and decision-making, with an emphasis on the role of sensory and embodied processes. She unpacks these basic processes in a variety of different domains, including attitude formation, consumer product evaluation, and emotion regulation.

You can find out more about her work on her personal website: www.irisschneider.nl



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