Xuan Zhao 赵轩
5807 S Woodlawn Ave,
Chicago, IL 60637
There is nothing so practical as a good theory. — Kurt Lewin
Xuan Zhao is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She employs various methodologies from social, developmental, and cognitive psychology to study fundamental processes underlying social perception and interaction, such as perspective taking, empathy, anthropomorphism, and human-robot interaction. Her primary line of research examines: "What makes people more likely to take others' perspectives?” Questions she explores in her current research include: How do people connect? How can we promote ethical and prosocial behaviors? And, after all, what makes a human human—as opposed to robots, animals, or instruments for special purposes?
Science in Society:
Being a social psychologist is my way of more deeply understanding the world and trying to make it a better place. Considering teaching an integral part of my scholarship, I designed and taught "Leading with Empathy", a pre-college course at Brown Leadership Institute which examines potential connections between social psychology and social innovation. I also TA-ed undergraduate psychology courses at Brown and an MBA course at Stanford. Striving for real-world applications of psychological research, I have taken training in acting, persuasive communication, and conflict resolution. I once co-designed a mobile app aiming to promote people's engagement in grassroots philanthropy in China.
More about Me:
I completed my PhD in Social Psychology at Brown University (with Bertram Malle) and was an Exchange Scholar at Stanford's Department of Psychology in 2015 (with Hyowon Gwoen). Before coming to Brown, I received my B.Sc. with first-class honor from Chu Kochen College, Zhejiang University, and I traveled around the world on Semester At Sea in 2011 Spring. You can read more about my updates here.