Lab Members

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If you are interested in working in the lab as a research assistant, please contact our lab manager Yuching Lin (yuchingg@umich.edu). If you are interested in working in the lab as a postdoc, please inquiry directly with me. Prospective graduate students should apply to the Social Psychology area (I hope to accept a student, but am not yet certain about availability for the coming year).

Joshua Ackerman, Ph.D. :

Joshua Ackerman, Ph.D.

Josh received his BA in Psychology and Biological Anthropology from Duke University and his MA/PhD from Arizona State University. After a postdoctoral position at Yale University, he spent 5 years as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and a Faculty Associate at the Research Center for Group Dynamics.

Josh’s research program examines issues at the interface of evolutionary theory and nonconscious processes as a means of understanding the various ways that people coordinate their thoughts, feelings and behaviors with others and the role of fundamental motivations in such outcomes.

joshack@umich.edu

Graduate Students

Iris Wang :

Iris Wang

Iris is a second year graduate student in the Social Psychology area. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. with highest distinction in Psychology and Spanish in 2012. She is primarily interested in the behavioral immune system, including its effects on social behavior and its ties to the biological immune system. Other interests include life history theory, cultural evolution, and motivations for uniqueness vs. conformity. She enjoys watercolor painting, playing with her hamster Hamlet, and traveling.

imxwang@umich.edu
Nicholas Michalak :

Nicholas Michalak

Nick is a second year graduate student in the Social area. Hailing from the Cornhusker State, he received his bachelor's in neuroscience from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Then he worked as a research assistant and lab manager at the University of Minnesota and the Carlson School of Management. His current obsessions include how and why people's thoughts and behavior are moved by their perceptions of infectious disease, their microbiota, or their early-life stress and unpredictability. Outside lab, you can usually find him running, pouring yet another cup of coffee, or stirring a crisis in confidence.

nickmm@umich.edu

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Oliver Sng :

Oliver Sng

Oliver received his BA in Psychology from the National University of Singapore and his MA/PhD from Arizona State University. His work focuses on two fundamental questions: (1) Why are there psychological differences across human groups? (2) Why do we hold the social stereotypes that we do? Specifically, he explores the intersection between how ecological factors (e.g., population density, pathogen prevalence, resource availability) influence people’s behavior, and how people think ecologies influence the behavior of others. He draws upon a variety of frameworks, including behavioral ecology, life history theory, and affordance management. He appreciates not being asked what he does in his free time. He has none.

olisng@umich.edu

Lab Manager

Yuching Lin :

Yuching Lin

Yuching graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and Economics. In her free time she admires other members of ESP Lab.

yuchingg@umich.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Murrah Sabouni :

Murrah Sabouni

Murrah is a sophomore majoring in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience with a minor in gender and health. She is interested in women’s psychology as well as women’s health. After graduating, she plans on attending medical school and doing something with maternal/infant health. Outside of school she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and attending concerts.

Elizabeth Lohr :

Elizabeth Lohr

Elizabeth is a sophomore majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, with a minor in music. After graduation, she hopes to attend PA school. Other interests include playing her violin in the Michigan Pops Orchestra, as well as spreading awareness about food allergies through her VP position in the Anaphylaxis Awareness club at the university.

Trevor McCarty :

Trevor McCarty

Trevor is a junior at Michigan studying biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience and minoring in moral and political philosophy. He is currently interested in the study of consciousness, mental illness, and neurodegenerative disorders. In his free time he’s probably listening to podcasts, taking power-naps, or playing a mandolin.

Hiba Asad :

Hiba Asad

Hiba Asad is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying psychology. Her current interests include human behavior and their outcomes on health, as well as mental illness. After graduation she hopes to attend graduate school studying one of these topics. In her free time she enjoys learning about architecture, as well as drawing and painting.

LeDea Bond :

LeDea Bond

LeDea is a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She is very interested in evolutionary psychology and finds the approach to be fascinating. LeDea is also interested in psychopathology and has an interest in being a psychiatric pharmacist. She also enjoys playing soccer, reading, and trying out new restaurants. After graduation, she plans to attend pharmacy school in Florida.

Amina Guo :

Amina Guo

Amina is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She is really interested in how different hormones lead to a variety of behaviors and the diseases and disorders that emerge from them. She plans on attending medical school after graduation. She loves reading, working out, Netflix, and eating really good food.

Hannah Foster :

Hannah Foster

Hannah is a sophomore majoring in cognitive science and computer science and minoring in linguistics. Her research interests include decision making and evolutionary algorithms. Outside of school, she is involved in the Michigan Data Science Team and too many bookclubs.

Elias Chandarlis :

Elias Chandarlis

Elias is a junior majoring in psychology. He is interested in psychopathology and personality studies. He hopes to continue his studies after undergrad by attending graduate school. In his off time, you'll find him painting models or reading, if you can find him at all.

Enya Chen :

Enya Chen

Enya is a freshman at the University of Michigan studying engineering. Enya's current interests include evolutionary and behavioral psychology. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to continue her studies. In her free time, she enjoys playing French horn and playing with dogs.

Emily Jones :

Emily Jones

Emily is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying psychology.  Her research interests include social and behavioral psychology.  After graduation, she hopes to continue her studies at graduate school.  Outside of school, her interests include playing tennis, volleyball, and exploring the great outdoors.

Isabel Osgood :

Isabel Osgood

Isabel is a senior at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in applied statistics. Isabel's current interests include mate preferences, female-female competition, Satanism and witchcraft. She plans to graduate in 2017 and then go to graduate school or something along the lines of world domination.

Tyler Aman :

Tyler Aman

Tyler is a Senior at the University of Michigan majoring in psychology with a minor in applied statistics. Tyler's current interests include self-esteem, intergroup conflict, and stereotyping. He plans to graduate in 2017 and attend graduate school. When not researching he enjoys spending time snowboarding, and pondering the mysteries of life.

Shyryn Borgol :

Shyryn Borgol

Shyryn is a senior at the University of Michigan, studying psychology with a minor in biological anthropology. She is interested in trauma, resilience, and the development of psychiatric disorders, as well as how these topics interact with people with cognitive disabilities. After graduation, Shyryn would like to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. In her free time you'll find her exploring new restaurants, working on her ever-growing travel wishlist, or trying to hold back from adopting any more pets.

Henry Zou :

Henry Zou

Henry Zou is a second-year undergraduate student in the LSA Honors Program majoring in Psychology and Spanish. His interests include jogging, biking, playing the cello, traveling, and finding new stories.

Megan Mulhinch :

Megan Mulhinch

Megan is a sophomore studying Neuroscience. She is especially interested in how animal and human behaviors are related, as well as the effects of evolution on the brain and behavior of people over time. After undergrad, she hopes to attend graduate school and continue learning about the world. In her free time, she loves to run, bike, and explore the beautiful outdoors.

Natalie Nagpal :

Natalie Nagpal

Natalie Nagpal is a senior studying Biopsychology Cognitive and Neuroscience. She is interested in attending grad school for clinical psychology, but is also interested in behavioral psychology. Natalie is involved in Scientista- a club for women in science and engineering, and currently writes for their science blog. Outside of school, she enjoys taking long walks though the arboretum and playing the violin.

Breanna Travis :

Breanna Travis

Breanna is a junior studying Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is interested in attending medical school, and obtaining a career working with patients with a mental illness. She is intrigued by the human mind and social behavior, and aspires to learn more about the neurological and psychological processes behind one’s behavior. Apart from her education, she enjoys volunteering with her community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, at various organizations like Crafty Cat Rescue. Breanna is an animal, coffee, and music enthusiast. She likes to spend time outdoors, attend concerts, and try out all of the local coffee shops.

Esme Xu :

Esme Xu

Esme is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Psychology. Her current interests include social, organizational, and positive psychology. After graduation, she plans to continue graduate studies in areas related to business or non-profit organization. Outside of school, Esme is involved in Thus Spoke Chinese Drama Club. She also enjoys playing guitar and swimming.

Madi Leidel :

Madi Leidel

Madi is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in crime and justice. Her research interests include criminal behavior, criminal profiling, and social deviance. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to continue her studies. In her free time, she enjoys singing with the UM Women's Glee Club and watching Disney movies.

Josephine Tan :

Josephine Tan

Josephine is a senior studying political science and psychology. Her current interests include political psychology and intergroup conflict. She plans to attend graduate school related to these areas. Josephine is also a resident assistant at North Quad and enjoys discussing and delving into social justice-related issues. In her free time, she likes reading, watching cute dog videos and thinking about how the apocalypse might happen sometime soon.

ALUMNI

Elizabeth Kovan :

Elizabeth Kovan

Elizabeth was the lab manager for the Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab.  She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology in May 2014.  Elizabeth is interested in the socioemotional development of children, and hopes to ultimately pursue a career in the field of child and adolescent psychology.

epkovan@umich.edu