How do people navigate their social worlds?

Juliana Schroeder is a behavioral scientist who studies the psychological processes by which people think about the minds of other people. Every day, people make attributions about others’ intellectual and emotional mental capacities. These attributions are consequential because they underlie decisions about how to interact with others, such as whether to help or harm them. For instance, determining whether a negotiation partner is trustworthy affects a person’s willingness to concede. Determining whether an outgroup member is competent affects moral concern for their well-being. Juliana’s research uses experiments to understand how people make inferences about other minds, and to further test the consequences of their inferences.