Lab Affiliates

anjana chandran

Anjana is a doctoral student in Social Psychology. She comes from a background in Computer Science Engineering, Business Psychology Consulting and Social Psychology research in Stereotyping and Prejudice. Anjana is interested in studying person perception and prejudiced behavior using empirical, behavioral and neuro-physiological approaches. She is looking to explore 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.


Tianyi Li

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.


Bradley Mattan

Brad worked as a post-doctoral scholar in the Impression Formation Social Neuroscience (IFSN) Lab from 2015-2019. During his time with the IFSN lab, Brad used a combination of behavioral and neuroscience (TMS, fMRI) methods to investigate how social status influences the way we evaluate and pay attention to others. Brad also explored how status intersects with other social categories (e.g., race, gender, age) in shaping our evaluations of others. In 2019, Brad accepted a postdoctoral position with the Communication Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania to examine the neural and behavioral mechanisms underlying status-related health disparities. Outside the lab, Brad enjoys traveling, languages, cycling, nice cups of coffee, and brushing up on jiu-jitsu.


Keturah ragland

Keturah is a graduate student at the University of Delaware in the Forbes Social Neuroscience Lab. She is broadly interested in social neuroscience and understanding the variety of neural mechanisms which aid in the acceptance of the perpetuation of socially constructed categorizations such as race and gender. Her research interests lie in impression formation and person perception as well as understanding the real-world application of these processes.


Kevin Wei

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.