Lab Staff


Brent Hughes
Lab Director

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.  


Bernice Cheung

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 plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Psychology. Mocha and Caramel are her lovely cats, and she enjoys taking photos of them and other furry babies at the shelter.


Yrian Derreumaux
First year Graduate Student

Yrian received his B.A. from San Francisco State University. Broadly, his research interests center on the automatic and controlled processes underlying motivated cognition and probabilistic learning. When he is not with his studies, Yrian can often be found in the kitchen–where he enjoys experimenting with the flavors of local produce.


Jacob Elder
First 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.

Current Research Assistants


Current & Past Collaborators


Jamil Zaki Stanford University

Sam Gershman

Tyler Davis

Kalina Michalska

Baba Shiv
Stanford University

Diana Tamir
Princeton University

Kalanit Grill-Spector
Stanford university

Yuan Chang Leong
Stanford university

Jennifer Beer
University of Texas at Austin

Tor Wager
University of Colorado

Kevin Ochsner
Columbia University

Jamil Bhanji
Rutgers University

Jennifer Eberhardt
Stanford university

Nick Camp
Stanford university

Past Lab Members


Aleksandra Kaurin
Helen Gu
Dennis Clarke
Sumer Rahe

Preeti Kakani
Sandra Loza
Evan Day Andrew Lim

Cameron Mckenzie
Kellon Ko
Kyle Schieman
Christine Le