Welcome to the EAST Lab!

The EArly Social Thinkers (EAST) Lab is led by Dr. Lin Bian, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Our research focuses on how children reason about the social world. Specifically, we study how children form stereotypes about social categories and how these stereotypes influence their aspirations. We are also interested in understanding how children make sense of intergroup interactions. 


June 2023: Dr. Lin Bian received the 2024 Boyd McCandless Award by the American Psychological Association. This award recognizes early-career scientists who have made distinguished contributions to the field of developmental psychology.

May 2023: Rulan Zhang has been selected as the awardee of the Marylyn C. Grabosky Prize to support her proposed studies on intersectional gender brilliance stereotype. We are so proud of you, Rulan!

December 2022: Several of our research studies have been accepted into SPSP and SRCD! Looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta and Salt Lake City!

November 2022: Antoniette Fang and Tatiana Rachlin, have been selected as 2022-2023 Quad Undergraduate Research Scholars. Congratulations! We are so proud of you!

May 2022: Our amazing undergraduates, Sophie Barth and Tatiana Rachlin, received the inaugural Marylyn C. Grabosky Prize to support their proposed studies on gender and education. Congrats Tatiana and Sophie!

April 2022: Our Postdoctoral Scholar, Dr. Jamie Amemiya, has won the NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Huge congratulations, Jamie!

April 2022: The EAST Lab presented their recent work at the Cognitive Development Society Conference in Madison, WI. Go team!

March 2022: Dr. Lin Bian has earned an NSF CAREER Award to study the influence of the gender stereotype about brilliance on young children.

Virtual Lab

We invite you and your child to be a part of our online research! Our studies are for children between the ages of 2 and 11, and we would love for your family to participate.

Our online studies are conducted via Zoom. They are short and fun, and your family will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card for participating!

To participate in our studies, please click the button below and we’ll email you to coordinate a date and time. We look forward to seeing you and your child for a study soon!

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