Dr. Lin Bian

Dr. Lin Bian

Lab Director

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Lin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, she was the Evalyn Edwards Milman Assistant Professor at Cornell University. Lin obtained her B.S. in Psychology at Zhejiang University (2011) and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017). Then she was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University (2017-2018). Lin’s research has been published in top journals such as Science, PNAS, Psychological ScienceAmerican Psychologist, and featured in major media outlets such as NYTimes, NPR, The Atlantic, and Xinhua Net. Her work has also been recognized by awards or grants including the NSF CAREER Award, American Psychological Association Rising Star, and Forbes 30 Scientists under 30.

Yihan Qian

Yihan Qian

Lab Manager

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Yihan graduated in 2022 from the University of Chicago and received her Master’s degree in Psychology. While at UChicago, Yihan worked in Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow’s lab where she studied the representation and perception of social content in nonredundant gestures. Before moving to Chicago, she lived in Canada and got her Bachelor’s degree from McMaster University with a major in Psychology and a specialization in Mental Health. During college, she worked at the McMaster Baby Lab and investigated how the racial composition of children’s living community impacted their interracial attitudes. Broadly, she is interested in children’s reasoning and attitudes about social categories, and how they make inferences about social hierarchies and abilities. Specifically, she plans to study how verbal and nonverbal modalities can play a role in these processes.

Dr. Jamie Amemiya

Dr. Jamie Amemiya

Postdoctoral Scholar

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Dr. Jamie Amemiya is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago working in Dr. Lin Bian’s EAST Lab, where she is funded by an NSF SBE postdoctoral fellowship. Previously, she was an NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellow at UC San Diego, where she collaborated with Dr. Gail Heyman in the Social Cognitive Development Lab and Dr. Caren Walker in the Early Learning and Cognition Lab. She is a developmental psychologist interested in how children and adults make sense of complicated societal issues. For example, how do they infer the causes of persistent societal problems, such as racial and gender inequality? How do they judge whether a social policy worked? What do they infer from public disagreements? Her work integrates a range of theoretical approaches, including those from psychology, cognitive science, science education, and philosophy.

Molly Tallberg

Molly Tallberg

Doctoral Student

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Molly is a third-year PhD student working with Dr. Lin Bian at the University of Chicago. Molly got her Bachelor’s degree from NYU with a major in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. While at NYU, Molly worked in Dr. Andrei Cimpian’s lab where she studied development of gender stereotypes and their influence on academic achievement and aspirations in young children. After graduating, she worked as the lab manager in Dr. Cimpian’s lab where she continued her research on gender stereotypes. In her doctoral work, Molly plans to expand her research to look into the development of stereotypes about gender in non-binary contexts and how children use gender presentation to make inferences about things like ability and leadership potential.

Vanessa Lazaro

Vanessa Lazaro

Doctoral Student

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Vanessa is a second-year PhD student working with Dr. Lin Bian at the University of Chicago. She graduated from Cornell University and received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Inequality Studies. After graduating, she worked as the lab manager for the Emerging Minds Lab at Arizona State University, where she conducted research on curiosity in infants and young children. Vanessa’s research interests can be found at the intersections of social and developmental psychology and early education. Specifically, she plans to use an interdisciplinary framework to investigate how children’s social biases about power, privilege, and inequality are influenced by their beliefs about social groups.

Yu-Shan (Grace) Huang

Yu-Shan (Grace) Huang

Doctoral Student

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Grace is a first-year PhD student working with Dr. Lin Bian at the University of Chicago. Grace received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. During her studies at NU, Grace worked in Dr. John Coley’s lab where she studied “cognitive consturals”, such as essentialism, and how they affect people’s understanding and reasoning about the world. After graduating from NU, Grace obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. Grace is interested in questions related to gender stereotypes and social biases in educational settings. In her free time, Grace enjoys pour-over coffee, yoga, and traveling.

Üli Solovieva

Üli Solovieva

Doctoral Student

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Üli is a first-year PhD student working with Dr. Lin Bian and Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow at the University of Chicago. She received her BS in Neuroscience and a minor in Philosophy from UIC, where she researched gender and age differences in facial emotion perception. After graduating, Üli worked as an early education teacher and a post-baccalaureate research assistant at Chicago Booth, studying the impact of childhood socioeconomic status on social evaluations in old age. Broadly, she is interested in children’s development of social biases, nonverbal communication, and person perception. In her doctoral work, Üli plans to study how children may acquire, endorse and respond to gender stereotypes through gesture and face nonverbal modalities.

Collaborative Graduate Students

Ashley Ransom

Ashley Ransom

Ashley is a 5th-year Ph.D. student in Human Development. Before coming to Cornell, she completed a master’s degree in experimental psychology at the University of Arkansas and worked as a lab manager at the University of Chicago. Ashley’s research examines how social interaction impacts spatial processes with an emphasis on linguistic versus non-linguistic social cues. A second line of research examines how emotional sharing affects social evaluations and interactions. She explores these topics from a developmental perspective by working with a wide age range of children and adults.

Li Guan

Li Guan

Li is a second-year Ph.D. student in Human Development at Cornell, working with Dr. Qi Wang and Dr. Lin Bian. Her research interest lies at the intersection of autobiographical memory, future thinking, child development, and cultural influences. Other than research, Li enjoys photography, swimming, and traveling.

Roya Baharloo

Roya Baharloo

Roya is a third-year PhD student studying developmental psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is fascinated by how children—even as early as infancy—reason and make sense of our complex social world. Her research investigates the ways in which children conceptualize and make inferences about social groups. Roya’s current research with Dr. Bian explores when children start to endorse common racial stereotypes.

Research Assistants

Sophie Barth

Sophie Barth

Lev Copelan

Lev Copelan

Antoinette Fang

Antoinette Fang

 

 

Phoebe Holz

Phoebe Holz

Jessica Huang

Jessica Huang

Irini Kanaris Miyashiro

Irini Kanaris Miyashiro

Su Doğa Karaca

Su Doğa Karaca

Maggie Liu

Maggie Liu

Jack Markowitz

Jack Markowitz

 

 

Meridith Mok

Meridith Mok

Tatiana Rachlin

Tatiana Rachlin

 

 

Anna Stallings

Anna Stallings

Neeharika Venuturupalli

Neeharika Venuturupalli

Lab Alumni

Gillian Grose

Gillian Grose

Senior honors thesis student, 2019-2020

Now doctoral student in Human Development, University of Maryland

 

Cassidy Halford-Wolfe

Cassidy Halford-Wolfe

Former graduate student, 2020-2021

Now doctoral student in Cognitive Sciences, UC Irvine

Reut Shachnai

Reut Shachnai

Former graduate student, 2019-2021

Now doctoral student in Psychology, Yale University

Yuhang Shu

Yuhang Shu

Former graduate student, 2019-2020

Now doctoral student in Psychology, University of Virginia

Yuchen Tian

Yuchen Tian

Former graduate student, 2019-2020

Now doctoral student in Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

Lindsay Tuttle

Lindsay Tuttle

Former lab manager, 2019-2021

Now Psy.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Minghui Wang

Minghui Wang

Former graduate research assistant, 2019-2021

Now doctoral student in Psychology, UC Riverside