Hello, my name is Randy.

I am a PhD candidate in Social and Personality Psychology and Cognitive Science at Cornell University working with Vivian ZayasCindy Hazan, and Tom Gilovich.

My research is focused on understanding social interaction dynamics and the cognitive and affective processes that underlie them. Specifically, I'm interested in (1) the automatic and deliberate ways we regulate emotion, (2) the markers of attachment and other affectional bonds; (3) conversation and conversation dynamics, and (4) perceptions of and reactions to benefitting from social exclusion.

In another line of work, I am interested in metascience and methodology. In this domain, I'm interested in how perceptions of research findings change depending on how they are presented, and how to best identify and quantify the situational features that are most "psychological active" for a given person. 

Previously, I attended UC Berkeley and earned my BA in psychology with high distinction. After graduating, I was the lab manager for the joint Ozlem Ayduk and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Lab at UC Berkeley from 2016 to 2018.