Stereotyping and Objectification Action Research


Welcome to the Stereotyping and Objectification Action Research (SOAR) Lab!

See how Drake students are harnessing the power of social psychological research tools to better understand the processes and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

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Dr. Allen presents at Anderson Gallery

Dr. Allen presented a gallery talk at the “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” international poster exhibit held in Anderson Gallery on September 24, 2019. The exhibit is on display through October 18, 2019 on Drake’s campus.

Congratulations, SOAR Graduates!

The SOAR Lab congratulates the following seniors on their recent May 2019 graduation from Drake University: Sarai Bak, Helen Trisko, Alexi Ginther, Elizabeth Long* *not pictured

Lab students off to 2019 MPA and APS

Lab students, Sarai Bak and Matthew Musacchio, presented their work “The Influence of Masculinity on Men’s Participation in Communal Careers” in Chicago, IL at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting on April 12, 2019. Another team, Alexi Ginther and Nicholas Andert, presented their work “Nevertheless she persisted (in STEM): Enhancing women’s science interest and belonging through […]

SOAR students present at 2018 conferences

The SOAR lab congratulates Grace Boatman (Drake ’17) on her recent national conference presentation “You May Support Immigration, but Does Your Brain? Indirect Versus Direct Contact in Reducing Implicit Bias.” The poster presentation occurred at the 30th annual Association for Psychological Science meeting in San Francisco, CA (May 24-27, 2018).     Current Drake students, […]

SOAR Students at 2017 DUCURS

The following students presented their research at 2017 DUCURS. Congratulations! Featured photo, from left: Kelsey Panfil, Trynann Utzinger, Alexi Ginther, Nicholas Andert, Jesse Upton, Will Eicher, Nihad Ejubovic From left: Marissa Schuster, Sarah Adams, Jessica Tomann

MPA Regional Meeting at Chicago

Two SOAR team members and graduating seniors (Hayley LeBlanc and Karli Kisch) presented their research at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago, IL on April 20-22, 2017. Congratulations!

Invited Speaker to visit Drake University

Drake University welcomes invited speaker, Dr. Bettina Casad of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, to campus on March 30-31, 2017. Dr. Casad integrates social psychology and neuroscience methods to investigate the causes and consequences of underrepresented groups in STEM.  You can learn more information at this link.


Kelsey Panfil, Karli Kisch,  Trynann Utzinger, and Marissa Schuster presented their research poster at the 2016 DUCURS conference. Congratulations!  

STEM at the Zoo

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience hosted hands-on activity tables for Des Moines area children to learn about the science of psychology and neuroscience at Blank Park Zoo’s STEM at the Zoo event. Seven students representing the national honor societies for psychology (Psi Chi) and neuroscience (Nu Rho Psi) participated in the event which was […]