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, a Sauder Distinguished Scholar, and a Canadian Institute for Health Research New Investigator. [...]

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Jessica L. Tracy, Ph.D.

Lab Personnel »

Jeff Markusoff

Lab Manager

Jeff is an award-winning (unofficial-internal award) lab manager, who since 2008 has been coordinating all research projects and research assistants involved in the Emotion and Self Lab. [...]

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Jeff Markusoff

Graduate Students »

Zak Witkower

Graduate Student

My research is centered around nonverbal communication, emotion expression, and social perception. Specifically, I am interested in the nonverbal behaviors (e.g., facial expressions and body movements) that are used to express and interpret emotion and pe [...]

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Zak Witkower

Eric Mercadante

Graduate Student

My research interests concern how individuals navigate status hierarchies in order to achieve desirable positions within social groups. I am interested in the similarities and differences between power and status, their unique psychological antecedents an [...]

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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

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

  • Joseph Rootman

Research Assistants

  • Sue Song
  • Jelaina Holroyd
  • Priya Chandi
  • Lizzie Kwon
  • Katerina Slater
  • Rina Lai
  • Jae Won Yang
  • Chantel Wright
  • Emily Jeong
  • Sophia Choi
  • Sarah Shults
  • Stephanie Mrakovich
  • Pargol Hamidi
  • Aditi Chakravarthi
  • Rachael Inglis
  • Mackenzie Green

Lab Alumni »

Aaron Weidman

Post-Doctoral Fellow

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. [...]