If psychology is the scientific study of mental processes, social psychology details how socio-cultural and individual-difference factors contribute to these mental processes. It is the field dedicated to understanding the cause and consequences of social interactions between individuals and groups. Research in socia psychology at U of T Scarborough focuses on theoretical issues that address important social issues and covers many of the major topics within the field. Particular strengths include social cognition, attitudes, interpersonal and intergroup relations, immigration, aesthetics, personality structure, status hierarchies, stigma, and social neuroscience. Although broad, these research interests overlap in significant ways, providing a broad concentration in social identity, culture, and diversity.