People

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

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

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

  • Andrew Li
  • Calista Leung
  • Natalie Cringle
  • Sherwyn Kalyan

Honours Students

Research Assistants

  • Aanchal Chatterjee
  • Addison Lai
  • Andrew Li
  • Anisia Wong
  • Arash Narchi
  • Asya Aksoy
  • Calista Leung
  • Cam Kelsey
  • Ciara Eviston
  • Coco Ferrari
  • Farnoosh Nabati
  • Felisha Teja
  • Florence Clifford
  • Jack Chen
  • Jasmine Malcolm
  • Jen Phi
  • Jon Lo
  • Liana Weinberg
  • Michelle Huang
  • Natalie Cringle
  • Nil Polat
  • Nina Wu
  • Olga Sokolovska
  • Parham Rahimi
  • Ravneet Dhaliwal
  • Sarah Park
  • Sherwyn Kalyan
  • Stefanie Tumbelaka
  • Valerie Lo
  • Vanessa Kong
  • Xueying Gu

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