Welcome to the Social and Political Psychology Lab!

About Us

The Social and Political Psychology (SPP) lab is housed in the Department of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University in downtown Toronto and is directed by Dr. Becky Choma. Research in the lab broadly concerns the psychological study of tolerance and intolerance, including sociopolitical beliefs, and prejudice and discrimination.

Research Focus

Intergroup Relations &
Prejudice Reduction

Our work in intergroup relations studies underlying personal and contextual factors that create...

Misinformation & Social Media

In order to tackle misinformation on social media, our lab is conducting research and building tools to...

Ideology & Political Behaviour

Ideology is a powerful force in peoples’ lives. In our lab, we examine antecedents...

Thank you to SSHRC, Heritage Canada, and Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation for funding much of the research conducted by the SPP Lab

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The Social and Political Psychology (SPP) Lab condemns and abhors prejudice, discrimination, oppression, and hate in all forms, including but not limited to racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, religious prejudices, sizeism, and cisgenderism. We continue to stand in solidarity with those impacted by systemic oppression. 

The SPP Lab is dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we strive to understand, challenge, and oppose prejudice, discrimination, and oppression in the research we conduct, as well as within our lab culture. These values are foundational to our lab. Importantly, we recognize that there is always more that can be done to facilitate and promote these values in research, on campus, in our lab, and in our personal daily lives.

As part of the Toronto Metropolitan University, the SPP Lab acknowledges that we live and work on land that was taken from Indigenous Peoples. The land on which we sit is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee. For those of us who are settlers, including those who ourselves or our ancestors came looking for opportunity, escaping oppression, or those brought here against their will, we take responsibility for self-education, unlearning colonialist ideologies, and relationship-building within our community of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. We believe this is a life-long journey. 

To learn more about Indigenous lands, you can visit: https://native-land.ca/