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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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BEGÜM BABÜR

LAB MANAGER

Begüm 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 how people learn about their own abilities and how social comparison and external rewards affect this process. She is currently also studying how closeness develops between people. Outside of research, she loves spending time at the beach, reading, playing badminton, and comedy. 

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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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        JELKA STOJANOV

        VISITING PHD STUDENT
        Jelka received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and is currently completing a PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford (UK). Her PhD research aims to understand the role of emotions in the context of intergroup relations and conflict, with a particular focus on empathy. More specifically, she is interested in mapping the characteristics of social environments that might generate intergroup empathy biases and their downstream consequences, such as intergroup neglect and aggression. Outside the lab, you can find Jelka either wrestling with Portuguese grammar, enjoying a cup of coffee or both.

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          DANIEL BELKIND

          UNDERGRADUATE HONORS STUDENT

          Dan is a third year undergraduate student at USC, majoring in psychology. He is interested in understanding the processes of attribution and self-perception, as well as how those processes influence social interactions and behavior. In his free time, he is an avid sports fan, he likes to go on hikes, and he has been learning how to draw.

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            WEN-HSIN KUO

            UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

            Wen-Hsin is a second-year undergraduate student at USC majoring in cognitive science. She is greatly intrigued by patterns of social learning and identities within a social group context. Beyond the lab, her other passions include traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and meeting new people! 

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              SEIN WOO

              UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

              Sein is an undergraduate student at USC majoring in Health and Human Sciences with a double minor in Psychology and Theatre. She is interested in social influence and interpersonal processes, specifically in personal principle aspects as to how they could change based on external influence. Outside the lab, she enjoys watching movies, going to the gym, and spending time with her friends. 

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                VARUN TUMMALAPALLI

                UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

                Varun is a second year undergraduate student at USC studying Neuroscience with a minor in Health Care Studies. He is interested in exploring empathy, and how it impacts a person’s attitude in different social contexts. Outside of the lab, he enjoys producing hip-hop beats, skating with friends, and recently picked up digital art. 

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                  JERRY KLERMAN

                  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

                  Jerry is a third year undergraduate student at USC majoring in Health and Human Sciences. He is interested in how social learning influences power dynamics, particularly in the doctor-patient relationship. In his free time, he enjoys long walks, meeting new people, and (hopefully!) recruiting high school football players to play for USC.

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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 - former Lab Manager
                    Alexis Pinela 
                    Clay Cantrell 
                    Indiana Schnicer 
                    Rachel Kim
                    Xueyan Liu