Welcome to the Champaign Social Interaction Laboratory at the Psychology Department of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In the CSI lab we study the emotional dynamics of social interactions. Our research combines cutting-edge psychophysiological methods with controlled laboratory experiments and ethological observations. For more information, take a look at the interests of the people in our lab and our recent published papers. We are also looking for new researchers (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels) to join us in the study of social interactions. The CSI lab is under the direction of Dr. Michael W. Kraus, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

The CSI lab currently engages in the broad study of cognition and emotion during social interactions. Within this broad area of interest is a commitment to a number of specific research projects that are supervised by Michael and the rest of the CSI research team. Click HERE to learn more!

News from the CSI Lab

Spring 2014

Economic inequality in America is at an all time high. In an opinion piece for livescience, Michael argues that economic inequality is not just a social or political issue, it's also a psychological issue. To find out why, click here!
CSI lab graduate student Bennett Callaghan was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Bennett!
CSI lab research on the tendency for pre-fight smiles to predict reduced dominance in professional mixed martial arts matches was featured on Fox Sports. Read the article here!
Several CSI lab graduate students have started a weekly writing workshop to boost their writing productivity! Go Team!
According to recent CSI lab research, people at the top of the social class hierarchy, including members of the US Congress, justify and maintain economic inequality in society. Read the article here!
CSI lab research examining the causes and consequences of believing that social class is a biologically determined category was featured in Slate. Read the article here!

Fall 2013

Michael was recently quoted in a Livescience story about the challenges of wealth accumulation. Read the article here!
Michael was recently quoted in an ESPN the Magazine article on team chemistry. Read the article here!
Read about recent CSI lab research on social class and empathy featured in the New York Times Opinionator Blog. Click here!

Spring 2013

The March issue of Psychology Today Magazine discusses the power of touch and features research conducted by the CSI lab. Click here to read the article online!
New CSI lab research on the relationship between smiling and physical dominance was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read more about this research!
Michael has been named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). He joins an amazing list of "young luminaries who are propelling science in new directions." Click here to learn more about this prestigious honor!