We conduct behavioral research on issues such as emotions and well-being, personality, attitudes, personal social networks, the impact of multicultural experiences on different socio-cognitive processes such as creativity or intergroup attitudes, and general cultural influences on behavior and identity. We use laboratory and field experimental designs (in conjunction with other approaches such as field studies, longitudinal, narrative, correlational), and strive to develop new theories to explain patterns of behaviors observed in naturally occurring social environments.

Research Projects:

“INTERCULTURALISM: Effects on Divergent Thinking and Intergroup Outcomes”. (2017-2019). Funding: Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. PI: Veronica Benet-Martínez.

“A Cross-Cultural Examination of Awe”. (2015-2016). Sub-award from project “Universality of Awe". Funding: John Templeton Foundation. Ref.: EUIN2013-50768. PI: Veronica Benet-Martínez. Co-PI: Dacher Keltner. Additional information.

Experiencing Cultural Diversity: the Socio Cognitive Consequences of Interculturalism (2013-2015) Funding: RecerCaixa. PI: Veronica Benet-Martínez.

Do You Feel Catalan As Well? Cultural Self-Identification(s) and Personal Social Networks of Immigrants and Their Second Generation (2011-2012) Funding: Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) of the Government of Catalonia - Generalitat de Catalunya. PI: Veronica Benet-Martínez.

Selected Publications:

Repke, L. and V. Benet-Martínez (2018). The (Diverse) Company You Keep: Content and Structure of Immigrants’ Social Networks as a Window Into Intercultural Relations in Catalonia. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(6), 924–944. doi: 10.1177/0022022117733475

Repke, L. and V. Benet-Martínez (2017). Conceptualizing the Dynamics between Bicultural Identification and Personal Social Networks. Front. Psychol. 8, 469. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00469

Benet-Martínez, V., Maciocco, E. and L. Repke (2012). Embracing Catalan Culture: Cultural Self-Identification(s) and Personal Social Networks among First and Second-Generation Immigrants. Barcelona: UPF