Welcome to the LAB Lab!

Dr. Luttrell is accepting graduate students for 2024-25.

In the LAB Lab (Luttrell Attitudes & Behavior Lab) at Ball State University, we study people’s opinions (or “attitudes”), where they come from, and how they change. We’re especially interested in the subjective qualities people’s opinions can have and how these qualities relate to how much those opinions are likely to change.

Our research has focused on how much people moralize their opinions, how much they feel conflicted about an issue, how certain they are of an opinion, and how much their opinion is rooted in their emotions. These characteristics can guide how much a person resists changing their mind even when some decent arguments are on the table.

At the same time, we’re interested in how people can open their minds to ideas they initially disagree with and have productive conversations about topics that usually divide us.

So poke around the lab site for more about the people doing this research and what we’ve found!

-Dr. Luttrell

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