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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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JULIE HYEJI CHO

LAB MANAGER

Julie received her B.A. in Neuroscience at Pomona College. She is broadly interested in exploring the fluidity of identities and how they influence decision making. Ultimately, she hopes to increase access to science, particularly for kids and their parents. When she’s not working or napping, Julie enjoys playing board games, trying new Trader Joe’s snacks, and creating watercolor birthday cards.

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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

                  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