I conduct research on the self, paying special attention to the importance of feeling understood by others. This focus emerges most vividly in my work on shared subjective experience, or I-sharing. When two people I-share, they believe that they have had an identical experience, and this makes them feel less alone in their own experience of reality. Our research concentrates on the role that I-sharing plays play in liking for strangers and loved ones alike, as well as whether such experiences promote prosocial outcomes.
Other lines of inquiry concentrate on those moments when personal experience collides with societal expectations. This thread weaves through the work that I have pursued on targets of stigma as well as on minimization messages.
Members of the Seeing I Laboratory pursue research pertaining to the subjective self, the I. We are currently working on projects that examine the effects of shared subjective experience (i.e., I-sharing).
Accepting Graduate Students Fall 2015
Professor Pinel is potentially accepting graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2015.