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I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Multicultural Identity and Processes Lab and Nanyang Business School, located in Nanyang Technological University.

Broadly, my research interests involve understanding the influence of culture and social environments on group processes (both inter- and intra-group processes). I adopt a multidisciplinary and integrative approach to my research, drawing upon both diverse theories and methods from fields such as social psychology, behavioral economics, social/cultural neuroscience, and behavioral genetics.

In regards to inter-group processes, I am specifically interested in how cultures and social environments shape psychological processes that produce social inequality, such as prejudice, discrimination, ingroup favoritism, and stigma. In prior research on this topic, I have investigated how brain regions associated with social cognition and understanding may be selectively recruited in response to the suffering and need of ingroups relative to outgroups. I have also examined how genes and social experience may dynamically interact to jointly shape prejudice and discrimination towards diverse outgroups, such as people of different races, arbitrary minimal groups, and stigmatized groups.

In relation to intra-group processes, I am particularly interested in studying how cultural diversity in group conduct and functioning arises. By exploring how groups may adopt different patterns of cooperation, coordination, norms, and values in response to diverse pressures and threats, I seek to provide insight into the past sources of cultural diversity and how future cultural and social changes can be predicted.