Drew Weiner

Biography

Drew Weiner received his B.A. in Psychology and Spanish and Hispanic Studies from Creighton University. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he works in the Morality and Social Cognition Lab under the supervision of Dr. Sean Laurent.

Research Interests

  • Person perception
  • Moral and social cognition
  • Wealth inequality

Research Description

How does a person’s wealth impact the way they are blamed for moral transgressions or praised for acting prosocially? What situational factors enhance or diminish our tendency to blame and praise others? Are we more willing to accept certain justifications for wrongdoing from people of certain economic statuses or backgrounds? Are we more impressed when people from certain backgrounds do “good things?” These are some of the questions which motivate Drew's research, most of which centers around a single theme: “How does a person’s wealth impact how he or she is perceived by others?”