• About the Cloutier Lab


    Our lab is broadly interested in social cognition and social neuroscience. Our research attempts to understand how perceivers make sense of others using an array of perceptual cues (i.e. race, gender, age) and other sources of knowledge available (i.e. biographical information, social status information). We are also interested in how individual differences and the social context shape the dynamics of person perception.

    To accomplish this, we use a variety of methods, including behavioral measures (i.e. reaction-time data), functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), event-related potentials (ERP), and psychophysiological measures (i.e. electrocardiographic and impedance cardiography signals).

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    5848 South University Avenue
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  • Research Overview

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  • Social Status

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  • Race Perception

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  • About Jasmin Cloutier

    Jasmin Cloutier (Director) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He received his PhD in Psychology and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College and worked as a postdoctoral associate at Tufts University and M.I.T. He is broadly interested in social cognition and social neuroscience with an emphasis on research questions related to person perception.

    Jasmin spends most of his free time at the park, playing on the floor, reading kid books, making babbling sounds, cleaning-up various messes, and training his children to become research assistants in the lab.

    Click here for more info on Jasmin Cloutier

  • About Ivo

    Ivo is a third year graduate student interested in person perception and social neuroscience. He joined us following the completion of a Master’s degree at the College of William and Mary during which he studied the effects of expectancy violations on early attentional ERP components. Currently, his primary area of research involves exploring the impact of social status on person perception. He employs behavioral, fMRI, and ERP methodologies to pursue his research questions.

    In his spare time, Ivo likes cooking, fitnessing, netflixing, and collecting miniature trains (he would rather not admit this but it’s true and surprisingly intense).

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  • About Tianyi

    Tianyi is a third year graduate student interested in person perception. She joins us after having worked as a research assistant in Richard Davidson’s Lab for Affective Neuroscience, the Devine Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab, and Yuri Miyamoto’s Culture and Cognition Lab. She is currently exploring how social cues such as status and race impact person perception at the behavioral and neural level.

    Tianyi spends her spare time in arts and crafts such as jewelry making, block printing (the rest of us do not know what that means and if you are curious please click on the link below), drawing comics (click on the same link below), and painting.

  • About Carlos

    Carlos is a second year graduate student broadly interested in cognitive and social neuroscience. He joins us after having spent many years as a technical assistant in the Gabrieli lab at MIT. He is currently involved in a series of behavioral, fMRI, and ERP investigations.

    Carlos spends his spare time helping other people, being actively involved in Diversity and Inclusion efforts around campus, and making self-deprecating jokes.

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  • About Yunzhi

    Yunzhi is a second year doctoral student in the department of psychology. She graduated from Central China Normal University in 2012 with a BS in psychology and a BS in biological sciences. She is interested in emotion perception, social status perception, and the development of mental states understanding.

    In her spare time, Yunzhi enjoys cooking and being outdoors (and being secretive, we just learned she is getting married this summer).

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  • About Anam

    Anam is a first year graduate student broadly interested in the behavioral and physiological mechanisms underlying person perception. She previously completed a Master’s thesis in our lab. Currently, her primary area of research involves examining the impact of social status with a focus on contextual factors and scarcity.

    In her spare time, Anam enjoys checking out new restaurants, going to the gym (#SunsOutGunsOut), and hanging out with her two awesome reticulated pythons, Sherbet and Orion (that is not a joke).

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  • Post-Doctoral Fellows

    Sarah Gaither, Ph.D

    Sarah earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Social Welfare and Spanish. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from Tufts University for her dissertation entitled, "Mixed Biracial Perceptions from the Target’s and Perceiver’s Viewpoint." She is currently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Psychology Department and focuses on interracial interactions, intergroup perceptions, racial categorization, and multiracial identity flexibility.

    In her spare time, Sarah enjoys trying every new restaurant in the area, learning new cooking skills, wine and beer tasting, movie outings, and traveling when she can.

    Click here for more info on Sarah

  • About Ashley

    Ashley is a PhD candidate in the social psychology program working primarily with Kimberly Rios. She is primarily interested in intergroup relations and social identity. This includes examining how majority and minority group members perceive and respond to social inequality. A portion of this work is considered within organizational settings (e.g. schools and the workplace). Her dissertation focuses on majority group members’ endorsement of multiculturalism as a diversity management strategy.

    In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her dog, exploring Chicago by bike, and crushing her opponent's hopes and dreams in rec volleyball.

  • Masters Students

    Current Masters Students

    Brianna Baer
    Brianna is interested in person perception related to beauty norms, stereotypes, and social categorization. She hopes for her research to elaborate on the neural correlates of body image perception and ultimately to include applied work in this area.

    In her spare time, she enjoys all things related to music and spending time in the city.

    Past Masters Students

    Brad Mattan

  • Research Assistants

    Current Research Assistants:

    Amber Love
    Samareh (Sammy) Moghbel
    Jennifer-Nicole Tintoc
    Adam Picker
    Evelyn Rojas (rising Junior at Williams College, MA)

    Past Research Assistants:

    Katy Carlyle
    Mike Hong
    Jonathan Feng
    Nia Sotto
    Lynda Lin-Shiu
    Spencer Carville
    Jacob Chambers
    Vo Yoon
    Christopher Maechel
    Krishanu Chatterjee

    Summer Research Program Students (Past & Present):

    Alejandra Gil
    Nykhala Coston
    Caio Santos Rodrigues
    Cayla Echols

  • Lab Photos


    Lab Bowling


    Farewell Lunch for Alejandra


    Theo and Charlie training for the FIFA World Cup


    Anam being weird as usual


    Carlos trying to catch up on sleep whenever, and wherever, he can


    Yunzhi hiking at Kanas Lake of Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang, China


    Ivo visiting family and friends in Bulgaria

  • Publications

    Cloutier, J., Gyurovski, I. I., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Barakzai, A. & Li, T. (in press). Social Hierarchies. To appear in J. R. Absher & J. Cloutier (Eds), Neuroimaging Personality, Social Cognition, and Character. [PDF]

    Li, T., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Correll, J., & Cloutier, J. (in press). The Impact of Motivation on Race-based Impression Formation. NeuroImage. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2014). Ventral medial prefrontal cortex and person evaluation: Forming impressions of others varying in financial and moral status. NeuroImage. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., Li T. & Correll, J. (2014). The impact of childhood experience on amygdala response to perceptually familiar black and white faces. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., Freeman, J.B., & Ambady, N. (2014). Investigating the early stages of person perception: The asymmetry of social categorization by sex vs. age. PLOS One. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J. & Gyurovski, I. (2013). Intraparietal sulcus activity during explicit self-referential social status judgments about others. International Journal of Psychological Research, 6 (Special Issue on Social Neuroscience), 68-79. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., Norman, G. J., Li T. & Berntson, G.G. (2013). Person perception and autonomic nervous system response: The costs and benefits of possessing a high social status. Biological Psychology, 92, 301-305. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J. Ambady, N., Meagher, T., & Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2012). The neural substrates of person perception: Spontaneous use of financial and moral status knowledge. Neuropsychologia, 50, 2371-2376. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., Gabrieli, J. D. E., O’Young, D., & Ambady, N. (2011). The neural substrates underlying violations of social expectations: When people are not what we expect them to be. NeuroImage, 15, 583-588. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., Kelley, W. M., & Heatherton, T. F. (2011). The influence of perceptual and knowledge-based familiarity on the neural substrates of face perception. Social Neuroscience, 6, 63-75. [PDF]

    Powell, L. Macrae, C. N., Cloutier, J., Metcalfe, J., Mitchell, J. (2010). Dissociable neural substrates for agentic versus conceptual representations of self. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 2186-2197. [PDF]

    Aminoff, E. M., Balslev, D., Borroni, P., Bryan, R. E., Chua, E. A., Cloutier, J., Cross, E. S., Drew, T., Funk, C. M., Gil-da-Costa, R., Guerin, S. A., Hall, J. L., Jordan, K. E., Landau, A. N., Molnar-Szakacs, I., Montaser-Kouhsari, L., Olofsson, J. K., Quadflieg, S., Somerville, L. H., Sy, J. L., Uddin, L. Q., & Yamada, M. (2009). The landscape of cognitive neuroscience: Challenges, rewards, and new perspectives. In M. Gazzaniga (Ed.), The New Cognitive Neuroscience (4th ed.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [PDF]

    Macrae, C. N. & Cloutier, J. (2009). A matter of design: Priming context and person perception. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1012-1015. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., Heatherton, T.F., Whalen, P.J., & Kelley, W.M. (2008). Are attractive people rewarding? Sex differences in the neural substrates of facial attractiveness. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 941-951. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., Turk, D., & Macrae, C. N. (2008). Extracting variant and invariant information from faces: The neural substrates of gaze detection and sex categorization. Social Neuroscience, 3, 69-78. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., & Macrae, C. N. (2008). The feeling of choosing: Self-involvement and the cognitive status of things past. Consciousness & Cognition, 17, 125-135. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., & Macrae, C. N. (2007). Who or what are you?: Facial orientation and person construal. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 1298-1309. [PDF]

    Mitchell, J. P., Cloutier, J., Banaji, M. R., & Macrae, C. N. (2006). Medial prefrontal dissociations during processing of trait diagnostic and nondiagnostic person information. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 1, 49-55. [PDF]

    Mason, M. F., Cloutier, J., & Macrae, C. N. (2006). On construing others: Category and stereotype activation from facial cues. Social Cognition, 24, 540-562. [PDF]

    Cloutier, J., Mason, M. F., & Macrae, C. N. (2005). The perceptual determinants of person construal: Reopening the social-cognitive toolbox. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 885-894. [PDF]

  • Collaborators

    Joshua Correll
    University of Colorado Boulder
    http://psych.colorado.edu/~jclab/index.html

    Cheryl Dickter
    College of William and Mary
    http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/cldickter

    Jonathan B. Freeman
    New York University
    http://psych.nyu.edu/freeman/

    Todd Heatherton
    Dartmouth College
    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~thlab/

    Bill Kelley
    Dartmouth College
    http://pbs.dartmouth.edu/people/william-michael-kelley

    Neil Macrae
    University of Aberdeen
    http://homepages.abdn.ac.uk/c.n.macrae/pages/dept/HomePage/HomePage.html

    Dylan Wagner
    The Ohio State University
    http://cog.osu.edu/people/wagner-0

    John and Stephanie Cacioppo
    The University of Chicago
    https://hpenlaboratory.uchicago.edu/

    Jean Decety
    The University of Chicago
    http://www.scnl.org/

    Greg Norman
    The University of Chicago
    https://sites.google.com/a/uchicago.edu/spnl/