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LEOR HACKEL

LAB DIRECTOR

Leor Hackel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at USC. He completed his B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavior at Columbia University, his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at NYU, and post-doctoral training at Stanford University. After a decade of bouncing between coasts, Leor is excited to be back in his hometown of Los Angeles. 

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BEGUM BABUR

LAB MANAGER

Begum graduated from Barnard College, with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Statistics. She is broadly interested in how individuals learn from the decisions they have made and how those affect their future decisions. She enjoys traveling, finding good music spots in the city, and photography. Being new to Los Angeles, she is excited to get used to being an outdoors person. 

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    JEAN LUO

    GRADUATE STUDENT

    Jean received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Princeton University. She is interested in understanding the ways in which people’s social interactions may influence their behaviors and attitudes, as well as the mechanisms underlying impression formation and stereotyping. She is thrilled about the weather in LA because she intends to spend all of her time not in lab, outside, soaking in the Vitamin D. 

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      CHELSEY PAN

      GRADUATE STUDENT

      Chelsey received their B.A. in Psychology at Stanford University. They are interested in how people form, develop, and make decisions about their social connections. In their free time, Chelsey enjoys knitting, hyper analyzing pop culture, and searching for the best chai latte in town.

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        YI ZHANG

        GRADUATE STUDENT

        Yi received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from New York University. His research interests include moral cognition, person perception and emotion—especially how they interact across different social contexts. Outside the lab, Yi enjoys photography, reading, and a variety of sports. Yi is excited to explore life on the west coast after six years in NYC.

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          ALEXIS PINELA

          UNDERGRADUATE HONORS STUDENT

          Alexis is a fourth year undergraduate student at USC completing a BA in Psychology and a minor in Two Dimensional Studies. She is interested in the motivations of group oriented behavior and identity. Her other passions include cooking, baking, and listening to podcasts.

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            CLAY CANTRELL

            UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

            Clay Cantrell is an undergraduate student studying Cognitive Science with a minor in Computer Programming at USC. He is interested in group-based cooperation, specifically within the context of social hierarchies. In his free time he enjoys mountain bike riding, microcontroller programming, and drinking peated whisky with his pretentious friends.

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              RACHEL KIM

              UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

              Rachel is a third year undergraduate student at USC majoring in cognitive science. She is interested in human behavior and interaction, more specifically concerning pro-social behaviors and decisions. In her free time, she loves to bake, listen to music, go out in nature, and watch movies with friends.

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                XUEYAN LIU

                UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

                Xueyan Liu is currently a fourth year Psychology student at the University of Southern California. She is intrigued by interpersonal connections and hopes to learn more about the nature of human interactions. Regularly, Xueyan will workout at the gym, although no significant weight loss has happened. 

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                  INDIANA SCHNICER

                  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

                  Indiana is a third year currently working towards a double major in Psychology and Law, History, and Culture at USC. She is most interested in the intersection between psychology and law, particularly how they interact to shape society. Her happy place is within three feet of the nearest bookshelf, and she most likely has a children’s song stuck in her head at any given time. 

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                    COLLABORATORS

                    LAB ALUMNI

                    David Amodio

                    David Kalkstein

                    Tali Kleiman

                    Björn Lindström

                    Christine Looser

                    Peter Mende-Siedlecki

                    Gregg Sparkman

                    Ryan Stolier

                    Yaacov Trope

                    Jay Van Bavel

                    Elke Weber

                    Michael Wohl

                    Wendy Wood

                    Jamil Zaki

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                    Julie Hyeji Cho

                    Lab Manager