Virak Hoang Le received his B.Sc. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His future plan is to pursue a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and aims to focus on topics related to gender and diversity. His current research in the lab investigates gender differences in competitiveness.
Fan Xuan Chen graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he studied how accents and ethnic identities influence status conferral, and the effects of speaker social status and language use on persuasion. In his current work, he aims to examine the interplay between social status, unethical decision-making (e.g., corruption and bribery), and competitive behavior. He approaches these topics using perspectives and methodologies drawn from cultural psychology, behavioral economics, sociobiology, and social cognition. During his free time, he sings and plays musical instruments.
Randi Vogt is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University and M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University before working as a lab manager in a Developmental Psychology lab at Harvard University. She is interested in team effectiveness and the conditions that drive team collaboration and competition. Currently, she is investigating the effects of overconfidence on persistence, risk-taking, and productivity.
Affiliated Graduate Students and Researchers
Nathan Dhaliwal received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. His research is broadly focused on the evolution of cooperation. Topics he is currently investigating include the effects of third-party punishment on prestige and dominance.
Daniel Redhead received his B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology from Durham University and MRes. in Evolutionary and Sociocultural Anthropology from Durham University before joining the Psychology Department at the University of Essex in 2015 as a Ph.D. student. He is interested in the relationship between prestige, dominance, and leadership in human groups. His work with Rick O’Gorman focuses on the effects of prestige and dominance within social networks and further explores the contexts in which dominance is accepted in human leadership contests. His collaborations with Joey Cheng examine how prestige and dominance affect an individual's position within, and the structure of, their social network.
Shoko Watanabe is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shoko studied theology as an undergraduate at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is also a certified math teacher with an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Shoko’s work with Sean Laurent addresses when and why people promote forgiveness, and the nature of moral hypocrisy and the conditions under which hypocrites are forgiven or punished. She is also interested in the formation of trust and friendships in groups and teams. Shoko enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages, playing video games, and cooking.
Milton Wang is currently pursuing a B.Sc. in Psychology. He is interested in cultural differences in nonverbal displays of status and how these differences drive the emergence of status asymmetries. In his Undergraduate Honors project, Milton is studying these questions in the context of collaborative laboratory-based groups.
Yiwei Zhang is pursuing a B.Sc. in Psychology and Statistics, and a minor in Business, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is broadly interested in social cognition and how they shape individual motivation and behavior in groups. In her Undergraduate Honors project, Yiwei is investigating the psychological roots of corruption, honesty, and financial decision-making.
Sahil Rangwala is currently pursuing his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Statistics. He is proficient in Java, HTML, R, Python, and C++. He currently leads a small undergraduate programming project team, and is collaborating with Randi and Joey on a synchronous computer-mediated experiment that examines the roots and consequences of overconfidence in groups.
Senior Research Assistants
Eric Helm is currently pursuing his B.Sc. in Psychology and B.A. in Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in ways to improve follower well-being, and how it in turns affects work performance. Eric has previously worked as a research assistant for Seonghee Cho, where he examined patterns of stressful situations in work environments, as well as factor-analyzed various empathy measurements. He is currently working with Joey on projects exploring the relationships between gender, competitiveness, and overconfidence.
Clara Law graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior. Her research interests focus on the interplay between social and clinical psychology. Her prior work with Joey and Elizabeth Martin examined gender differences in the emotional correlates of cooperation, competitiveness, and sociality. She is currently working with Joey on a project that aims to examine the dynamics of vocal pitch in negotiation contexts.
Nicole Magerko is working towards her B.Sc. in Intradisciplinary Psychology Concentration. She is currently a Senior Research Assistant and manages the lab’s data collection procedures. Nicole is interested in how individuals within groups can attain leadership through different avenues, and in identifying the most effective pathways for maintaining leadership status. Come graduation, she hopes to continue working toward a Ph.D. in Psychology.
Grace Wang is currently pursuing her B.Sc. in Psychology. She is interested in how interactions between groups create social hierarchies through dominance and prestige, and how it influences success in the workplace. As a Senior Research Assistant, Grace oversees more junior lab members’ research on nonverbal displays of status.