About us

Identification with All Humanity Lab

In the 5th century B.C.E, Socrates said, “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world." In the 20th century A.D., Gandhi said that “All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family.”

We are an international research team of social, political, cognitive, personality and cross-cultural psychologists working on topics related to identification with all humanity, as expressed by Socrates and Gandhi. We investigate both its psychological antecedents and social consequences (see more in "about IWAH").

Our mission is not only research, but also sharing knowledge about global human identification, the ways of developing and enlarging it, and possibly applying psychological insights to real-world problems such as prejudice, dehumanization, hate crimes, exclusion, discrimination etc. Our goals include applying research results to enhancing international cooperation in solving global problems (climate crisis, refugees crisis, hunger, contagious diseases, rising nationalisms and extremisms), peace building and enhancing human rights orientation.

The team has started from the cooperation between Sam McFarland and Katarzyna Hamer and is growing since then. While leading the international project upon IWAH (https://iwahlab.com/projects/predictors-and-social-consequences-of-broad-social-identifications-cross-cultural-research), Katarzyna Hamer has initiated creation of the LAB.