MUTHUKRISHNA LAB

Graduate Students

RyuRyutaro Uchiyama

Ryutaro is a PhD student in Psychological and Behavioural Science at the LSE. His overall interest is in how mental processes and cultural/collective processes mutually shape each other. His current research focuses on the co-evolution of the nervous system and culturally transmitted knowledge, as well as other topics related to cultural learning and cultural psychology. Ryu’s background is in neuroscience, behavioral biology, and cognitive psychology. He is currently training in methods and theory from cultural evolution in order to better analyze problems that slip through the boundaries that define the natural, social, and cognitive sciences. [website]

XuehengXueheng Li

Li is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Nottingham. He is a member of CeDEx (ranked 2nd globally in Cognitive and Behavioral Economics in the database of RePEc/IDEAS), and the Network for Integrated Behavioral Science which is a partnership among the Universities of Nottingham, Warwick, and East Anglia. His research interests include social and economic networks, behavioral and experimental economics, and applied game theory. [website]

TommasoTommaso Batistoni

Tommaso is a visiting PhD student from University of Milan-Bicocca based at Nichola Raihani’s lab at UCL. His research explores (i) the role of reputation in the production of large scale public goods and (ii) the dynamic of contributions in non-linear social dilemmas. He uses empirical tools (e.g. economic experiments) and, in the near future, plans to integrate them with computational methods. [website]

RobinRobin Schimmelpfennig

Robin recently completed an MSc in the Psychology of Economic Life at LSE. Prior to his arrival at the LSE, Robin worked at the Grantham Research Institute and in a field project in Eastern Africa. He is currently working at Fehr Advice, the Behavioral Economics Consultancy Group. His research interest is in studying economic behavior and social psychology to explore topics such as zero-sum beliefs and antisocial actions.

DianaDiana Stimmler

Diana recently completed an MSc in the Psychology of Economic Life at LSE. She is now a PhD student and Research Assistant at the Chair of Economic Psychology and Leadership Ethics based at the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen. Her research interests include various topics in the fields of social psychology and behavioral economics.


Research Assistants

Emma Carta

Emma is currently working on a project looking at psychological differences caused by exposure to multiple cultures during childhood. These individuals are sometimes referred to as “Third Culture Kids (TCKs)”.

 

GoelOjasvi Goel

Ojasvi (OJ) is currently working on a project looking at psychological differences caused by exposure to multiple cultures during childhood. These individuals are sometimes referred to as “Third Culture Kids (TCKs)”.

 


Former Research Assistants

colinColin Xu

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Colin began as a Research Assistant in 2014 and worked on several projects till he graduated in 2015. In September, 2015, he began work as a Graduate Student in the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

ShayanShayan Pourahmadi

Former Role: Honours Student
Shayan began as both a Research Assistant and a Research Engineer in 2014. He primarily worked on a project focused on cooperation and corruption, but also assisted with a project focusing on testing formal models of human social learning. In September, 2015, he began work as a Graduate Student in the Economics Department at Columbia University.

anitaAnita Schmalor

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Anita worked as a Research Assistant in 2015 on several projects, including a project focused on cooperation and corruption, and a project focused on overconfidence. In September 2015, she began work as a Graduate Student in the Psychology Department at The University of British Columbia.

brookeBrooke McDonald

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Brooke began as a Research Assistant in 2013 and worked on several projects. She primarily focused on a project looking at how social learning cues change physiology and behavior. She will graduate in 2017.

gabrielaGabriela Freitas

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Gabriela (Gabby) began as a Research Assistant in 2013 and worked on several projects till she graduated in 2015. She is currently deciding on her next steps after graduation.

jonathanJonathan Zajonc

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Jonathan (Jon) began as a Research Assistant in 2014 and worked on several projects, but primarily on a project looking at cross-cultural differences in cognition and attention. He is currently studying biology at The University of British Columbia and will graduate in 2018.

sarahSarah MacDonald

Former Role: Directed Studies Student / Project Leader
Sarah began as a Research Assistant in 2013 and worked on several projects till she graduated in 2015. She then accepted an industry position in a technology company.

monaMona Sabzevari

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Mona began as a Research Assistant in 2013 and worked on several projects until she graduated in 2015. She then accepted an industry position and plans to pursue a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology.

peterPeter Senften

Former Role: Directed Studies Student
Peter began as a Research Assistant in 2012. He primarily worked on a project looking at how social learning cues change physiology and behavior. Peter later began as a graduate student in Neuroscience at The University of British Columbia.

jamesJames Pho

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
James began as a Research Assistant in 2014 and worked on a project looking at how social learning cues change physiology and behavior. He graduated in 2015 and accepted an industry position.

mariannaMarianna Pereira

Former Role: Visiting Research Assistant
Marianna was a visiting research assistant in 2013, studying Acturial Science at the University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She worked on a project looking at cultural change in the World Values Survey and on state-level measures of overconfidence.

negahNegah Mortazavi

Former Role: Honours Student
Negah worked on her honours project with me in 2013. She was recently accepted into graduate school at The University of British Columbia.

jeremyJeremy Lewis

Former Role: Project Leader
Jeremy began as a Junior Research Assistant in January 2013. He was involved in several projects, but primarily an acculturation project. He was later promoted to Project Leader and he led the project until its completion.

joedengJoe Deng

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Joe began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2012. He was involved in several projects including two cultural transmission studies, a cross-cultural study on overconfidence, and a cultural identification study. He was was later selected to assist in a literature review on cetacean cognition and social behavior, where he assisted in collecting quantitative data.  In 2013, Joe started work as a Lab Assistant in the Functional Neurogenesis Lab at UBC.

saniaSania Ahmed

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Sania began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2012. She was primarily involved in a cultural transmission project. Sania graduates in 2014, after which she is hoping to apply to graduate school.

jinseokJinseok Oh

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Jinseok began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2012. He initially worked on a cross-cultural study of overconfidence, but was later selected to assist in a literature review on cetacean cognition and social behavior, where he assisted in collecting quantitative data. Jinseok graduated in 2013 and is now applying to graduate schools in Cognitive Psychology.

rochelleRochelle Picardo

Former Role: Project Leader
Rochelle began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2012. After working on two projects, a cross-cultural study on overconfidence and a cultural transmission study, Rochelle began working on a large scale study on acculturation, which she eventually took over as Project Leader. Rochelle graduates in 2014, after which she will be applying graduate programs.

benshulmanBen Shulman

Former Role: Directed Studies Student
Ben began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2011. After working on a cultural transmission project, Ben worked as a Directed Studies student, where he ran a follow-up study based on his own ideas. Ben is a co-author on a paper based on his study. In 2013, Ben started work as a Graduate Student in Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

vladVlad Vasilescu

Former Role: Directed Studies Student
Vlad began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2011. After working on a cultural transmission project, Vlad worked as a Directed Studies student, where he ran a follow-up study based on his own ideas. Vlad is a co-author on a paper based on his study. In 2013, Vlad started work as a Lab Manager in the Social Cognition and Emotion Lab at UBC and will begin a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in September.

caitlynCaitlyn White

Former Role: Project Leader
Caitlyn began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2012. She worked on several projects on cultural transmission, acculturation, and overconfidence. She was quickly promoted to the project leader for an overconfidence project. In 2013, Caitlyn graduated and will be applying for jobs after returning from vacation.

helenHelen You

Former Role: Project Leader
Helen began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2012. She worked on several projects on cultural transmission, cultural identification,  acculturation, and overconfidence. She was quickly promoted to the project leader for a cultural identification project. In 2013, Helen began work as a Student Advisor in the UBC Arts Co-op Program.

setoSetrag Avakian

Former Role: Project Leader
Setrag began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2012. He worked on several projects on cultural transmission and overconfidence and was quickly promoted to the project leader for a cultural transmission project and later an acculturation project. In 2013, Setrag returned to his native Los Angeles, where he plans to work for a year and then apply to graduate school for 2014.

jameslokeJames Wai Chuen Loke

Former Role: Directed Studies Student
James began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2010. He primarily worked on a cultural transmission project, which he later took on as Directed Studies project. In 2012, James began work on a Directed Studies project at the Center for Infant Cognition at UBC.

jeninaJenina Singian

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Jenina began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2012. She worked on several projects on cultural transmission, acculturation, and overconfidence. In 2013, Jenina graduated from UBC and is currently working in industry in Vancouver.

jonpapezJon Papez

Former Role: Senior Research Assistant
Jon began as a Junior Research Assistant in 2011. He primarily worked on a cultural transmission project. In 2012, Jon began work as a Research Assistant in the Peer Relations Lab at UBC.

 

 


Research Engineers

Former Research Engineers

ShayanShayan Pourahmadi

Project Area: Institutional Punishment
Languages: HTML/JS/CSS
Shayan went on to graduate school in Economics at Columbia University.

OliverOliver Zhang

Project Area: Institutional Punishment
Languages: HTML/JS/CSS
Oliver went on to work for SAP.

DaisyDaisy Luo

Project Area: Institutional Punishment
Languages: HTML/JS/CSS
Daisy went on to work for SAP.

Emily Bird

Project Area: Social networks.
Languages: Python
Emily went on to work for SAP.

jenniferliuJennifer Lui

Project Area: Gene-culture coevolution.
Languages: C++
Jennifer went on to work for UBC’s web development team.

KevinKevin Lee

Project Area: Gene-culture coevolution
Languages: C++
Kevin went on to work for IBM