Xuechunzi Bai 白雪純子
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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 a 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 in 2022 fall. [CV]
Research Interests
My current projects study the origin and evolution of social stereotypes, focusing on the iterative interactions between individual-level cognitive processes and societal-level representations. I ask: How do individual minds adaptively but selectively construct the social world? And how does the constructed social world feedback to individual minds? My work tries to understand not only how people make sense of the social world, but also how people make the social world, and eventually, how people can make the social world better.

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 computational cognitive models. In all my work, I attempt to find parallel patterns in human behavior, and connect these patterns with policy implications, such as structural diversity and intergroup exploration, aiming to reduce intergroup misunderstanding.
Illustrative Publications
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  • 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]​

In leisure time, I dance (hip-hop), walk (my malamute), and play (mahjong).

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