Director: Elizabeth Seto, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Welcome to the SETO Lab!
I’m Professor Elizabeth Seto, and I’m a social psychologist interested in studying a variety of topics historically found in existential philosophy. I received my B.A. in Psychology at Baylor University and my Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology at Texas A&M University. I joined the Psychology Department at Colby College in 2017. I am teaching Introduction to Psychology (PS111), Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II (PS215), and Seminar and Collaborative Research in Experimental Social Psychology paired-courses (PS336 and PS337) during the 2023-2024 academic school year.
My research team and I are currently pursuing two lines of research. Our first line of research examines the mechanisms and psychological consequences of belief in free will. Specifically, we are interested in how belief (or disbelief) in free will influences different components of our self-concept and our social behavior. Our second line of research focuses on understanding how people experience authenticity. In other words, under what circumstances do we find or feel closer to our true selves? I welcome the opportunity to discuss my work, and if you are interested in joining my research team, you can find me in Davis 302 or reach me at [email protected].
Zoey Ricco ‘24
I am a senior from Middleboro, Massachusetts majoring in Psychology and Classical Civilizations. I’m especially interested in social psychology and how self-perception is impacted by our social interactions. On campus, I am involved in Colby Dancers. When I have free time, I enjoy reading fiction, writing, hiking, drawing, and spending time with my friends.
John Silberman ’24
I am a senior from Wayland, Massachusetts majoring in psychology and Spanish. I find psychology fascinating, especially social psychology and how we perceive ourselves in the social world. On-campus, I am a member of the Colby track and field team and working to become a leader for the Outing Club. Outside of school, I like to read, play video games, spend time with friends, hike, and rock climb.
Domenica Gomez ’25
I am a junior from Houston, Texas majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and I am on the pre-med track. I am interested in social psychology because I find it interesting how we can apply what we learn in the classroom to better understand daily social interactions. On campus, I am the president of the Colby Spanish Club and a member of the Colby Dancers. During my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my friends, and watching movies.
Emily Riley ’23
Hailey Cerrato ’22
Investment Banking Analyst at Chestnut Partners, Inc.
Daniela Bencid-Santana ’21
Community Residence Counselor at McLean Hospital
Megan Hartnett ’20
Community Case Manager at Lakes Region Mental Health Center
Lauren Ruddy ’20
Graduate Student at Tulane University School of Medicine
Liam Wilson ’19
Instructor at the Red Cloud Indian School
Yipei Lo ’18
Graduate Student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign