Yian Xu

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Dr. Xu received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Northeastern University, Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, and B.A. in French Language and Literature from Peking University. 

Her research focuses on examining cultural, cognitive, and developmentl origins of social essentialist thinking, and its real-world consequences in criminal justice and mental health. 

- Social Cognition

- Early Childhood Development

- Intuitive Biological Thinking

- Psychological Essentialism

- Psychology and Law

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