Psychology

Jack Cao

Jack Cao

Ph.D. student in Psychology

Jack Cao is a PhD candidate in social psychology. His research begins with the premise that underlying inequalities -- whether in employment, education, or criminal justice -- are beliefs about the social groups that differ and why such differences exist. What are the cognitive mechanisms that result in these beliefs? When are why are some beliefs impervious to new and relevant information? And how might these beliefs be updated to better reflect reality?

To address these and related questions, Jack conducts large-scale behavioral experiments that draw on theory and methods from implicit social cognition and Bayesian computational modeling. This work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Before beginning graduate school, Jack received a BA in psychology and government from Cornell University and taught high school science in New Orleans, LA through Teach For America.

Sa-Kiera Hudson

Sa-Kiera Hudson

Ph.D. student in Psychology

Sa-kiera Hudson is a Ph.D student in Social Psychology. She is broadly interested in what it means on a psychological level to have power and how to we determine who has it. She has several projects aimed at answering this question. First, when do people start to recognize social power hierarchies? This line of work examines hierarchy identification in children. Second, what are the experiences of discrimination at the nexus of race and gender, particularly for ethnic minority women? Third, how do biological individual differences in testosterone levels predict intergroup aggression and perceptions of threat? Fourth and finally, how do higher status groups maintain their privilege and status in society?

Prior to coming to Harvard she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Williams College and spent two years as a lab manager for the Social Interaction and Social Stigma Lab at UCLA.

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