Welcome to the Personality and Evolutionary Psychology Lab


The Personality and Evolutionary Psychology (PEP) Lab is directed by Assistant Professor Melissa McDonald in the Department of Psychology at Oakland University.  We apply an interdisciplinary framework that draws on theoretical and empirical work in social, personality, and evolutionary psychology. The lab is focused on both basic and applied research to investigate the causes, consequences, and remedies for intergroup bias. Click below to find out more information about the members of the lab, the research we do, and opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.



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What we do

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Photographs from the Detroit African Bead Museum, the Spirit of Detroit, the Diego Rivera Murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Chimera Graffiti Mural by artist Kobie Solomon at the Russell Industrial Center