Director »

Jessica L. Tracy, Ph.D.

Professor – Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Jess is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Sauder Distinguished Scholar. [...]

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Jessica L. Tracy, Ph.D.

Lab Personnel »

Graduate Students »

Eric Mercadante

Graduate Student

I am interested in how people with different personality traits navigate social hierarchies and the consequences of status-striving for both the person doing it and others in their lives. I am especially interested in how status-striving affects our emo [...]

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Eric Mercadante

Gordon Heltzel

Graduate Student

My research focuses on the topics you’re not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: morality (especially moral emotions), politics, and religion. I’m co-supervised by Dr. Jessica Tracy and Dr. Kristin Laurin. My research with Jess investigates th [...]

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Gordon Heltzel

Ian Hohm

Graduate Student

My research draws on an evolutionary psychology approach to investigate how deep-seated motivations influence behaviour in the context of particular threats and opportunities. For example, in one current project, I am applying error management theory to e [...]

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Ian Hohm

Zak Witkower

Graduate Student

I research how nonverbal behaviors (e.g., facial expressions and body movements) are used to express and interpret emotion, personality, and social status. Recently, I have been exploring whether Read more about Zak »

Zak Witkower

Post-Doc »

Matthew Gervais

Post-Doctoral Fellow

My work investigates human emotions from an evolutionary anthropological perspective. I'm particularly interested in the psychological bases of derived (and possibly unique) forms of human social behavior, including sharing, punishment, and tolerance, as [...]

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Matthew Gervais

Undergraduate Students »

Directed Studies Students

Honours Students

Research Assistants

  • Addison Lai
  • Anna Mylvaganam
  • Ashwini Prabhakar
  • Audrey Fox
  • Calista Leung
  • Cam Kelsey
  • Emilie McGuire
  • Jenny Chantrakool
  • Jenny Molkul
  • Kathy Fan
  • Khushi Mehta
  • Rachel Zhou
  • Sebastian Leon
  • Sonia Hulei
  • Taarika Ranjani
  • Tianqi Peng
  • Yingchi

Lab Alumni »

Aaron Weidman

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Michigan

Aaron is an emotion and personality researcher focused largely on issues of measurement and construct validation of distinct emotions. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, working in the lab of Ethan Kross. [...]

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Conor Steckler

Research Associate

Conor is a social-personality and developmental psychologist whose research interests focus on the evolutionary function of distinct emotions and how emotions relate to morality. He is currently a Research Associate at Google. [...]

Jeff Markusoff

Lab Manager

From 2008-2018, Jeff coordinated all research projects and research assistants involved in the Emotion and Self Lab. He spent his time in the lab ensuring that all projects were running efficiently and effectively, organizing the lab, writing Inquisit code, and conducting implicit emotion-status related research. Jeff is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor working with individuals, couples, and families in the Lower Mainland. [...]

Jeff Markusoff