I conduct my research in partnership with students and faculty from around the world. We use a wide range of research methods, including archival data analysis, experience sampling, online surveys, and in-person interactions.
I also run a biweekly lab meeting at Rady (“S Lab”) for graduate students interested in behavioral research. In S Lab, we present research at all stages of progress for discussion and feedback.
I am accepting new Ph.D. students for fall 2018 (more information on Rady's Ph.D. program is here). There is always space in my lab for undergraduate students who want some research experience, either for credit or on a volunteer basis.
Min Zhang is a Ph.D. student at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. She received her master's degree in psychology from New York University. She is interested in how social hierarchies shape decision-making and self-control. Her work in this area has examined the effects of power on temporal discounting. She is also interested in how people gain and lose power and influence—for example, through behaviors that deviate from the social norm. In her free time, Min enjoys traveling and dancing Argentine Tango.
Yidan (Dani) Yin is a Ph.D. student at Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. She is interested in interpersonal consequences of power and status. She is working on a project that examines how trust develops in unequal-power relationships. She is also interested in how people gain social rank—for example, when and how prosocial behaviors increase social influence. In her free time, Dani enjoys hiking and camping in mountains and national parks.
Jenny Le is an undergraduate student in the psychology honors program at UC San Diego. She is interested in how emotions shape interpersonal relationships. Currently, she is working on an honors project that examines how power and interdependence influence empathic accuracy. In her free time, she enjoys going to Disneyland and thrift shops.