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 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.
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. After spending a couple years with the Communication Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Brad transitioned into user experience research. Since 2021, he has worked as a user experience researcher at Bold Insight, a full-service user experience and human factors research agency in Chicago.