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Tatiana Lau

Experimental Psychologist

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I am a lecturer (assistant professor) in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Social groups and tribes provide immense benefits but incur great costs. Understanding how social group memberships drive actions and perception of the world may help us to best harness these byproducts of social groups. Broadly speaking, I am interested in (i) how social group information about others affects our judgments and behaviors and (ii) how we come to infer who is and is not a member of our social groups in the first place, which can in turn affect our predictions about and behavior towards others. To answer these questions, I have applied computational models and used functional neuroimaging (fMRI), in-lab, field, and online experiments.

Interests

  • Intergroup Processes
  • Social Cognition
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Judgment and Decision Making

Education

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, 2019

    Harvard University

  • A.B. in Economics, Certificate in Neuroscience, 2009

    Princeton University

Projects

Inferring and Categorizing Across Social Groups

Humans form social coalitions in every society on earth, yet we know very little about how social group boundaries are learned and …

Social Category Information Biases Affective Forecasts

One part of interacting with others is being able to predict and anticipate their future emotional states—that is, make affective …

Recent Publications

Social Structure Learning in Anterior Insula

Humans form social coalitions in every society, yet we know little about how we learn and represent social group boundaries. Here we …

Discovering Social Groups via Latent Structure Learning

Humans form social coalitions in every society on earth, yet we know very little about how social group boundaries are learned and …

fMRI Repetition Suppression During Generalized Social Categorization

Correctly identifying friends and foes is integral to successful group living. Here, we use repetition suppression to examine the …

Contact Me

  • tatiana.lau@rhul.ac.uk
  • Department of Psychology
    Royal Holloway, University of London
    Egham
    Surrey
    TW20 0EX