James Wages, Ph.D.


Social Psychologist

RISC Lab


Research in Social Cognition Laboratory


Welcome to the Research in Social Cognition (RISC) Laboratory! As the director of the RISC Lab, I guide our research investigations on a variety of topics in social cognition, intergroup processes, and decision-making. We use scientific methods common in social psychology, such as survey and behavioral experiments with online and student samples. There are several ways students can join the RISC Lab, including enrolling in the lab course I instruct called Research Methods Laboratory (RML) for course credit, conducting an honors research thesis or an independent research project under my supervision, or volunteering as a research assistant. If interesting in joining the RISC Lab to become more familiar with the research process in social psychology or to prepare for graduate school, I warmly welcome you to reach out to me to discuss available opportunities. 
Former RISC Lab members Madison Yarbrough (left) and Niyah Lane (right) presenting a research poster at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Current Lab Members




Honors Student

My name is Skylar Brooks, and I am a sophomore! I am a psychology major with a sociology minor. My hometown is Bella Vista, Arkansas, and my research interests include discrimination, stereotyping, and ethnic/racial inequality. My tentative career goals are to go to graduate school and hopefully get a Ph.D. Fun facts about me are that I taught myself how to play the guitar, I’ve broken both my ankles and dislocated my elbow, I am adopted and was born in China, and I have two cats named Mojito and Zoey!


RML Student

My name is Jessica Anderson and I am a senior psychology major at the University of Central Arkansas! I was born and raised in Estacada, OR and moved to Arkansas in 2015. At the time I was a sophomore in high-school and did not know what I wanted to do for my career but psychology had always interested me. I played volleyball competitively for around 16 years and noticed that sports are very mentality based, and I had been in counseling and therapy since I was young. I aspire to work in pediatrics with kids like I was, and I hope to be able to coach volleyball as well.