Brent received his B.S. from the University of Michigan, his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and postdoctoral training at Stanford University. For fun, he enjoys playing tricks on his young daughter, getting lost on hikes and bike rides, and making coffee for friends.
First Year Graduate Student
Eleanor graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in chemistry and a minor in creative writing, and worked as a lab manager at Dartmouth College. She studies factors that promote social connection and strengthen relationships, with the eventual aim of helping people improve their relational well-being. Outside of her research, Eleanor enjoys writing, playing the piano, and putting her chemistry background to use through inventing hair and skin care recipes.
Second year Graduate Student
Yrian received his B.A. from San Francisco State University. He is interested in how people search out information in their environment and update their prior beliefs when motivated to maintain a consistent world view (e.g., the in group is better). Another line of his research investigates the role of contexts in probabilistic learning and how incidental social inferences disrupt effective decision-making. When he is not with his studies, Yrian can be found in the kitchen – where he enjoys experimenting with the flavors of local produce.
Second year Graduate Student
Jake received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and subsequently worked as a research coordinator at Virginia Tech. He is interested in self and identity. What gives rise to a sense of self, and how are people motivated to perceive the self as unified, coherent, and positive? How do such motivations drive changes in identification and self-perception, and what are the implications for interpersonal and intergroup outcomes? He enjoys discovering new music, listening to podcasts at about twice their normal speed, and enduring through 49ers losses.
Julia is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California-Riverside pursuing her B.S. in Neuroscience. She is interested in the influence of self-knowledge, social interaction, and context on decision making and self reports. In her free time, Julia enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels, experimenting with different art techniques, and watching TV with her puppy.
Jamil Zaki Stanford University
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE
Yuan Chang Leong
Bernice received her B.A. in Psychology and Human Biology and Society from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduation, she worked at the Culture and Health Lab at the University of Houston. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon with Elliot Berkman. Mocha and Caramel are her lovely cats, and she enjoys taking photos of them and other furry babies at the shelter.
Past Research Assistants