Outside Project Students

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Lindsey Cary

In general, I am interested in various factors that influence how we perceive and evaluate people. More specifically, I am interested in the influence of ambiguous identity on person evaluations and the application of stereotypes. I am particularly interested in understanding how a person’s friends or associates influence how they are evaluated and what stereotypes are applied to them.

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Samantha Joel

I am interested in how people make decisions about their romantic relationships, such as whether to pursue a love interest, whether to invest in a foundling relationship, or whether to break up with a romantic partner. In my research, I draw from the judgment and decision making literature to better understand the processes by which people make these choices. In my spare time, I like to write for Science of Relationships (http://www.scienceofrelationships.com), an organization that aims to make relationship research findings more accessible to the public.

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Bonnie Le

My research focuses on how helping others affects personal well-being. I also study what promotes higher quality relationships between parents and their children, romantic partners, and cross-race individuals.

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Melissa Paquette-Smith

I am interested in how infants process social information in their environment, and how this processing relates to the development of linguistic and social competencies. My research program follows two major lines. The first line of research looks at how infants interpret and evaluate speakers based on the ‘way’ they speak (i.e., their tone of voice, or their accent). The second line of research looks at how children use the social information in their environment to acquire language (i.e., using tone of voice to infer word meaning).

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Sabrina Thai

In general, I am interested in how people react to social comparisons, comparisons to better-off and worse-off others, in the context of romantic relationships and what impact these comparisons have on the relationship and the individual. Currently, I am exploring three different types of comparisons: (1) how people react to comparing their own relationship to other relationships, (2) how people react to comparing themselves to their romantic partner in different domains, and (3) how people react to comparing their partner to another person, especially the partners of other people.