BRNO LAB OF INTERGROUP PROCESSES
Meet our team!
Sylvie works as leading senior researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Sciences, and at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Her main research interest relates to improving relations between social groups – through intergroup contact, mass media exposure, and careful use of language describing people in intergroup context.
Martina works as leading senior researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Sciences, and at the Presidium of the Czech Science Foundation. Her research interest is personality and social psychology, particularly the trait approach and the structure of personality traits within the so-called Five-factor model of personality (Big Five). She has also researched national stereotypes and acculturation.
Mirjana's research focuses on understanding the psychological underpinnings and consequences of social phenomena such as prejudice, stereotypes, and nationalism. She is particularly interested in conflict and post-conflict narratives (e.g., group victimization, acknowledgement of crimes), the factors that drive them, and strategies to address those narratives (e.g., intergroup contact, mass media).
Shpend's research interest relates to intergroup relations in post-conflict societies. Specifically, he investigates the role of factors (e.g., intergroup contact, victim beliefs, group apology, social identities, right-wing authoritarianism) that contribute to or deteriorate reconciliation with former adversaries.
David is a member of the Brno Lab of Intergroup Processes and the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS). His long-term research interests include cross-cultural research, methodology of science, psychometrics, statistics, intergroup contact and videogame research.
Roman is a psychologist. He studies PhD program at Masaryk University in Psychology under the supervision of Sylvie Graf. Together they focus on the psychology of intergroup relations between the Roma minority and majority in the Czech Republic in the context of social norms.
Simona is a social psychologist. Her central area of interest is intergroup relations with a focus on school-age children. With her research, she focuses on the potential of indirect contact (e.g. literary stories) to reduce prejudice against stigmatized minorities.
Jana works as a researcher and psychologist/psychotherapist. Her research interests and expertise include identity, lived experiences, and the 'mixed-method' approach to research. She focuses, in particular, on identity changes and on intersections of social and personal identities (e.g. among Sri Lankan Tamil refugees).
Tibor is a postdoctoral fellow at the Sociology Department of the University of Groningen. He is passionate about understanding how to achieve attitudinal and behavioral change to promote positive social change. Two major lines of his research have been the investigation of a) the effect of intergroup contact on prejudice and b) social influence.
Serena is a Ph.D. candidate at the Czech Academy of Sciences and Masaryk University, working as part of the HORIZON 2020 ITN project G-Versity. With a focus on gender stereotypes and social roles, her research addresses the underrepresentation of men in childcare work and ways to potentially reduce barriers men face when entering women-dominated careers.