Joseph Cesario | Associate Professor

I received my Ph.D. in 2006 from Columbia University, under the training of E. Tory Higgins, and came directly to MSU. I study social cognition: how we think about other people and groups. See the research page for a description of research projects.


Click here for .pdf of my vita. Click here for my Google Scholar profile. To send an email, click here.

Alejandro Carrillo |
2nd Year Grad Student

Alejandro joined the lab Fall 2019.

Prachi Solanki |
2nd Year Grad Student

Prachi joined the lab Fall 2019.

Undergraduate Research Assistants
Undergraduate Assistants | 2019-2020

The education and training of our undergraduate research assistants is a priority for the lab. RAs experience every stage of the research process, from experimental design through data analysis and manuscript preparation. We also assist RAs with their graduate school applications and career choices.


Students who have been an RA for several semesters have the opportunity to carry out their own experiments in the lab.


We are grateful to have a history of outstanding RAs who have been engaged members of the lab. Click here to view a partial history of our lab. (If you don't see your name, email me to update the list!)

If you are responsible, motivated, and interested in gaining research experience, email to find out if any positions are available in the lab.

McNair/SROP | IBSB | Honors Research

McNair/SROP students engage in an intensive graduate school preparation program which involves planning and carrying out their own research study. The programs prepare first-generation, low-income, and minority students for successful graduate education. Shayla Thrash was a McNair scholar from 2008-2010 in our lab. Megan Covington (2013), Romulus Castelo (2016), Matthew Bolton (2016), Brianna Benjamin (2017), and Pero Dagbovie (2018, 2019) have all been outstanding SROP scholars in our lab. See here for some comments on SROP.

We also have students conducting research for honors projects or simply as independent research, including: Christian Kotoye (2015-2017); Lucas Odom (2015-2017); Aubrey Stechschulte (2017,  PURI Award Winner); Thalia Maronto (2017-2018, Honors College Fund Winner); and Valerie Kemp (2017-2018, PURI Award Winner and 1st Place Poster Winner at UURAF).

The lab has also been a member of the Integrative Biology of Social Behaviors NSF summer training program. This summer program provides 10 weeks of research experience in laboratories studying biology and social interaction. We've been fortunate to have two outstanding IBSB scholars in our lab (Chelsea Osuji, 2015; Erica Ross, 2014).

Collaborators | Past Graduate Students

Science is a collaborative process. At left are some of the many researchers with whom we develop our ideas.






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East Lansing, MI 48824

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants 1230281 and 1756092. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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