Carmelle received a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Carmelle is interested in implicit biases, intergroup relations, and moral reasoning especially in educational contexts. When she was younger, Carmelle wanted to be a doctor, a librarian, and a photographer. Currently, her favorite movie is What We Do in the Shadows.
Sai is a multiracial Samoan who was born and raised in Honolulu. He received his A.A. in Liberal Arts from the Honolulu Community College and his B.A in Psychology and Communicology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Sai is currently serving in the Air Force National Guard. Sai is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology. He is interested in how individuals’ identities influence their behavior and decisions in social, academic, and professional settings. When he was a kid, Sai wanted to be a famous actor. His favorite movie right now is Tenet.
Current research: I am currently interested in how identity meta-perceptions influence behavior and decisions in social, academic, and professional settings.
Elizabeth studied journalism at the UW and psychology at Pitt. She's interested in the assumptions we make, especially on the basis of our racial identities. We have only one experiential frame on which to build our intuitions, values and judgments. Given this inherently limited perspective, why do we so often feel certain that we’re being objective? How can we be so sure that we're right? Elizabeth likes Parks and Recreation.
Nicky is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology. He grew up in a small town in rural New Hampshire before coming to Stanford for undergrad. This change from a mostly homogenous environment to an extremely diverse one sparked his interest in how children learn about social categories like race and gender. His research focuses on this topic, as well as broader questions about how children and adults understand power and hierarchy. After two years working at UC San Diego, he's excited to be back on the Farm. As a kid, he wanted to be a baseball player, but quickly realized that an inability to hit a baseball was probably a dealbreaker. His favorite movie is Good Will Hunting.
Current research: My current research explores how children in the US learn and think about race, by looking at both the cognitive underpinnings of children's reasoning about social categories and the environmental sources of information about race, such as parents.
Noah is from Wisconsin. He is excited to get his first taste of psychology research in the Social Concepts Lab and hopes to learn more about the academic area in general. In his free time, Noah loves playing music, discussing politics, and spending time with nature. He is a host of the Stanford Politics Podcast and performs with the Stanford Band. His favorite movie is Rent.
Micayla is from Michigan. She is planning to major in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. She is passionate about understanding how race impacts in-group favoritism and implicit biases, which can then affect laws and policies made by politicians to disproportionally benefit certain races over others. Micayla loves traveling to new places, playing with her niece and nephews, watching Netflix documentaries, and trying new foods. When she was little, she wanted to be a mother of 8, a teacher, a lawyer, and a princess (all at the same time, of course). Her favorite movie is John Q.
Roberta was born in Monterrey, Mexico and grew up in Austin, Texas. She plans to major in psychology and minor in creative writing, with a particular interest in the social concept of citizenship and in counseling psychology. Most of her free time is spent reading, doodling, and long-distance running! Her favorite movies/TV usually have unconventional timelines, like The Handmaiden and Westworld.
Meley is studying psychology and creative writing. She is interested in social and cultural psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sitcoms, writing, and reading short stories. One of her favorite movies is Kill Bill Vol. I.
Temi is from Ibadan, Nigeria, and moved to the United States when he was 12. He is an undergraduate student planning to major in Human Biology with a concentration in Public Health. He is passionate about social justice, racial equity, public health research, and medicine. He hopes to learn and apply social psychological research methods to better understand American Prison-Industrial Complex. In his free time, Temi enjoys cooking, bike riding, watching Manchester United win football (not soccer) matches, and writing poetry. His favorite movie changes by the day but he just watched The King of Staten Island and ugly cried.
Ivy is a freshman from England, excited to contribute to the work of the Social Concepts Lab! She is interested in the role of heuristics in effective decision-making, and how these processes govern our normative perception of the world around us. In her free time, Ivy enjoys playing piano, travelling, advocating for FairTrade, and reading mystery novels. As a kid, she loved the sense of whimsical wonder that came from magic, and so wanted to become a real-life wizard. Ivy’s favourite movie is The Da Vinci Code.
Matt Mettias was born and raised in Hawai’i (Oahu). He particularly enjoys interdisciplinary learning in both creative and STEM fields. Within psychology, he is interested in neuroeconomics, behavioral science, and organizational psychology. In his free time, Matt enjoys learning philosophy, phrases from new languages, (attempting to) play stringed instruments, and writing about himself in the third person. His favorite movie is Ratatouille.
Sofia is studying psychology and is interested in how we form beliefs about food, race, and identity, particularly among mixed ethnicity and second-generation individuals. Having worked with children for several years, she is particularly interested in how children come to learn these beliefs and how they might be changed. In her free time, she likes to float in the ocean, read, and cook plant-based meals. Her favorite movie is Call Me By Your Name.
Kheshawn Wynn is from Oakland, CA, planning to major in Psychology with a specialization in Mind, Culture, and Society and a minor in African & African American Studies. He is expressly interested in social psychology and race, more explicitly how things like “sharing” and attributions form and influence group-based biases towards different racial groups. He enjoys watching shows like How to Get Away With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. His favorite movie is The Color Purple.
Camilla grew up moving every few years because of her parents' jobs, and by the time she was 18 had lived in 6 countries. She first moved to the U.S. to start college at the University of Virginia, which is where she developed her interest in issues of racial identity, racial stereotypes, and intergroup relations. As an undergraduate, Camilla designed her own major curriculum to be able to study these topics from multiple disciplinary perspectives; public policy, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. In graduate school, Camilla's research is geared towards understanding how people come to understand their own and others' racial identities through cross-race interactions and relationships, specifically in the context of student-teacher and officer-civilian interactions. When she was a kid, Camilla wanted to be a famous singer when she grew up. Her favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption...or Zoolander. Depends on the day.
Cai is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology, co-advised by Carol Dweck and Ellen Markman. Cai is interested in how theories in categorization and conceptual development can inform us of how we reason about social categories and how we infer and process prescriptive norms based on category membership. Cai is especially interested in the intersection of philosophy and psychology and hopes to spend more time examining philosophical questions with psychological experiments. As a child, Cai wanted to be a pharmacologist. His favorite movie is A Short Film About Love (1988) by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
James Márquez is the Assistant Director of Admission for Diversity and Outreach at Stanford. Prior, he served as teacher and assistant principal for 6 years at the East Palo Alto Charter School. James is interested in how children acquire language, second language acquisition and knowledge about social categories across linguistic and ethnic groups. As a kid, James desired to become a veterinarian. His favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Jeremy is a visiting researcher and doctoral student in psychology from Grand Canyon University. He has an M.A. in Evolutionary Anthropology as well as an M.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies. He is interested in how social identity impacts motivation, confidence, and decision-making, especially in the context of intragroup and intergroup conflict. When he was a kid, Jeremy wanted to be a rockstar (and sometimes he still does). His favorite movie is Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.
Michelle graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. Broadly, she is interested in how children make inferences about a broad population or social group with such sparse data from a handful of individuals, and how these inferences affect their social interactions. She is also interested in how children's perceptions of others' mental states (e.g., knowledge) might affect their own behaviors, especially in educational settings (e.g., question-asking). When outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling around the world, and watching crime documentaries and Friends. When Michelle was a kid, she wanted to be a pediatrician or second-grade teacher when she grew up. Her favorite movies are Forrest Gump, The Sound of Music, and The Lion King.