Yilin (Andre) Wang
I study how people connect abstract ideas to concrete experience. Abstract ideas, such as what people think they like or value, help them navigate a world beyond their immediate, sensory experience. But where do these abstract ideas come from? What happens when people’s abstract ideas—about themselves, other people, and the world—become disconnected from actual, context-specific experiences? My research incorporates insights and methods from social, cognitive, and quantitative psychology to answer these questions in the domains of person perception and moral judgment. In addition, I study how researchers’ abstract ideals of scientific methods might diverge from their concrete practices of conducting research, with a focus on implications for statistical validity.
Aline da Silva Frost
My interests gravitate around how we process, evaluate and apply information about the social world. I am investigating attitudes towards attributes, how they develop and what factors influence our preferences.
My interests lie in intergroup interactions, specifically those dealing with groups who have historically been wronged or victimized. My ultimate hope is for my research to help aid actions that can lead to repairing past injustices.
I study developmental changes and continuities in theory of mind, emotion understanding, and temporal reasoning. More specifically, I am interested in children's and adults' beliefs about the time course of mental states.