I am a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my Master's degree in Psychology at UIUC in 2014 and I received my Bachelor's degree from Department of Psychology at Zhejiang University in 2011.
Stereotyping & Gender Gaps
Achievement & Motivation
Categorization & Inductive inferences
My research interest is broadly about studying social cognitive development in infants and children. Specifically, I'm interested in exploring the early precursors of stereotyping and achievement-related theories as well as examining the effect of generic statements on children's social cognition. Under the supervision of Dr. Andrei Cimpian, my research focuses on the following questions: (1) Why are some social groups (e.g., women) underrepresented in certain fields? (2) How do people form stereotypes about social groups? and (3) What are the consequences of the stereotypes against a social group's ability? More importantly, I aim to examine these questions from a developmental perspective to better understand the roots of these beliefs.
I'm also interested in exploring psychological reasoning and socialmoral reasoning in infancy. Under the supervision of Dr. Renee Baillargeon, I explore the following questions: (1) How do infants understand the goals of agents to further predict their actions? and (2) What expectations do babies hold for the interactions among individuals? In particular, my current research examines at what age infants begin to be aware of ingroup support and fairness.