Xuechunzi Bai 白雪純子
I am Bai (pronounced like bye)!
I am a rising fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. I hold a certificate in Statistics and Machine Learning and a joint degree in Social Policy from the School of Public and International Affairs. I am a graduate student fellow in the Program in Cognitive Science and the winner of the Prize Fellowship in the Social Sciences at Princeton.
My research examines how and why humans learn inaccurate stereotypes. I am very lucky to work with and learn from Susan Fiske, Tom Griffiths, and Alex Todorov.
I will be on the academic job market this upcoming fall.
My current projects study the origin and evolution of social stereotypes, focusing on the interaction between individual-level cognitive processes and societal-level representations.
My research is inspired by interdisciplinary insights from social and cognitive psychology, computer science and machine learning, and public policy. I use multiple methodologies to pursue these questions, including cross-national surveys, large-scale online behavioral experiments, naturalistic text analyses, and reinforcement learning cognitive models.
In all my work, I attempt to find parallel patterns in human behavior, connect these patterns with policy implications, such as structural diversity and intergroup exploration, aiming to reduce intergroup misunderstanding.
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Presented at Social Biases in Machine Learning and in Human Nature workshop, Princeton, 2021.
Bai, X., Ramos, M.R., & Fiske, S. T. (2020). As diversity increases, people paradoxically perceive social groups as more similar. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [paper][data & code][slides]
Grigoryan, L., Bai, X., Durante, F., Fiske, S. T., Fabrykant, M., Maloku, E., Verbilovich, V., Hakobjanyan, A., Kadirov, K., Mullabaeva, N., Makashyili, A., Morozova-Larina, O., Yahiiaiev, I., Samekin, A., Berdyna, E. M. (2020). Stereotypes as historical accidents: Images of social class in post-communist versus capitalist societies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. [paper] [data & code][slides]
Winner of SPSP Student Publication Prize
In leisure time, I dance (hip-hop), walk (my malamute), and play (mahjong).
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