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As an experimental psychologist, my research seeks to understand how humans adaptively respond to new information and how learning unfolding in individual minds is modulated by constraints present in the broader environment. I examine learning primarily in the context of basic social processes. Specifically, I study the ordinary decisions we make every day that are critical to our well-being and even survival: our evaluations of and beliefs about other people. In doing so, I rely on a combination of traditional online and laboratory experiments as well as computational approaches, while drawing on a variety of learning paradigms, including reinforcement learning, evaluative conditioning, propositional learning, and causal learning. These methods help me uncover the basic mechanisms involved in how we acquire and update our impressions of individuals, especially against the backdrop of information about their social group memberships, such as gender, sexual orientation, age, race, and ethnicity.


Bachelor of Arts, Eotvos Loránd University
Master of Arts in Political Science, Central European University
Master of Arts in Psychology, Harvard University
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Harvard University

Honors & Awards

Berlin Scholarship, Humboldt University of Berlin
Program in International Education, Bard College
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Central European University
Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science
SAGE Early-Career Trajectory Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois
Early Career Award, International Social Cognition Network


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