Anjana Chandran is interested in understanding person perception and prejudice using empirical, behavioral and neurophysiological approaches. She is particularly interested in variables and processes within the perceiver’s social mind such as status comparisons, threat and reward perceptions, that impact upon impressions of and behavior towards targets. Anjana comes from a background in Computer Science Engineering, Social Psychology research, and Consulting. Outside of work, she loves to travel, hike, read and dance with her son.
Kevin started as a graduate student in the Fall of 2017. Broadly, he is interested in social cognition, with specific interests in implicit bias and motivated reasoning. He is also interested in how individual differences (race, gender, status, personality) influence how we perceive other people and navigate our social environments. Kevin earned his B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College, where he worked in Dr. Richard Lewis and Dr. Sharon Goto’s Cultural Neuroscience Lab. Currently, Kevin is a Visiting Teaching Associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a research assistant in Dr. Linda Skitka’s Social and Political Psychology Lab. Outside of the lab, Kevin enjoys spending time with his cats, watching Netflix, and going to the gym.
Tianyi is a former student in the lab where she studied the impact of
early social experiences on person perception. In particular, she
examined how interracial contact during childhood influenced the
perception of racial out-group members in adulthood. She is currently
pursuing her 2nd PhD in Marketing at the University of Illinois at
Chicago. She aims to leverage her skills in social psychology to
understand factors that shape consumer and firm decision making and
the ensuing managerial implications.