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linda w. chang

social psychology ph.d. student

harvard university

who am i?

I am a doctoral student in the Psychology Department at Harvard University working in the Intergroup Neuroscience Laboratory directed by Mina Cikara. I investigate the psychological mechanisms underlying bias and discrimination in social decision-making. I am interested in creating scalable interventions to reduce harm and increase equity. Previously, I worked in the Comparative Cognition Laboratory and Canine Cognition Center directed by Laurie Santos.

I am part of The Rising Over Oppression Through Solidarity (ROOTS) Project, Inc., based in New Jersey. Our organization is dedicated to using a multidimensional approach with children, educators, and families to create a more equitable and inclusive society. Each summer, we hold a week-long residential program for high school students where we build community in order to develop tools to challenge bias, bullying, and oppression as well as create growth plans to catalyze change at personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels.

Interests

  • Intergroup processes
  • Social cognition
  • Judgment & decision-making

Education

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, 2021 (anticipated)

    Harvard University

  • A.M. in Psychology, 2017

    Harvard University

  • B.A. in Cognitive Science, 2012

    Yale University

Publications

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Comparing value coding models of context dependence in social choice

Decision-makers consistently exhibit violations of rational choice theory when they choose among several alternatives in a set (e.g., …

Do dogs prefer helpers in an infant-based social evaluation task?

Social evaluative abilities emerge in human infancy, highlighting their importance in shaping our species’ early understanding of …

Social decoys: Leveraging choice architecture to alter social preferences

Many of society’s most significant social decisions are made over sets of individuals: for example, evaluating a collection of job …

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