I study how people make intuitive judgments about other individuals based on stereotypes and other biases and how new experiences further shape these initial judgments, a process called social perception. Social perception affects real-world outcomes across a variety of life domains, from personal relationships to criminal justice and leadership decisions, often leading to injustice (ex: assuming someone is incompetent based on their facial features typical to a race or gender). Better understanding social perception could help rectify unfair social biases, build a more complete account of person perception, and aid in understanding the relationships between different mental faculties, including vision, learning, evaluation, memory, and decision making.

My research draws a more complete picture of social perception by considering the impact of social biases and other conceptual knowledge, past and new experiences, and learning (in addition to the impact of facial features). To accomplish this, I integrate insights from multiple disciplines, including social psychology, vision science, and neuroscience. I have multiple ongoing research lines.

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