I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and spent the first three years of my life there before coming to America with my family to California to pursue better opportunities.
I started college at Mt. San Antonio College, my local community college in Walnut, California. Thanks to the support of numerous mentors and after earning associate degrees in psychology and political science, I transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where I earned a bachelors degree in psychology with high distinction and departmental honors.
Upon arriving in Berkeley, I began a research position in Ozlem Ayduk and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton's Relationships and Social Cognition Lab that would last the rest of my undergraduate studies and turn into a postgraduate lab manager position. During my time as an undergraduate, I also worked closely with Joseph Campos in the Infant Studies Center, was an undergraduate research assistant in Dacher Keltner's Social Interaction Lab, and spent a summer as a research intern in New Haven at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence under Marc Brackett.
Since the summer of 2018, I have been a PhD student in Cornell University's Social and Personality Psychology graduate program. With Vivian Zayas, I am currently examining the psychological and behavioral consequences of exclusive social interaction dynamics (e.g., what happens when you benefit from preferential treatment or when you are included at the expense of another who is rejected?). With Tom Gilovich, I am currently investigating conversation and conversation dynamics. Both of these projects are possible because of my wonderful research team.
In collaboration with Vivian Zayas, Valerie Reyna, and Yuichi Shoda (University of Washington), I am examining how perceptions of research findings change depending on how they are presented. With Yuichi Shoda and Vivian Zayas, I am developing methodological tools to understand the normative and idiosyncratic nature of a person’s “behavioral signatures."