Graduate Students (Primary)
Yijun Lin is a third-year doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Florida. She works primarily with Dr. Erin Westgate in the Florida Social Cognition & Emotion Lab. She received an M.S. in Integrated Marketing from New York University and a B.S. in Psychology from Beijing Normal University. She has broad interests in motivation, self-regulation, and emotions. Her primary work focuses on procrastination, understanding the emotional mechanisms of procrastination and how to promote goal striving when procrastinating.
Joshua Perlin is a third-year graduate student in Dr. Erin Westgate’s Florida Social Cognition and Emotion Lab at the University of Florida. He attended Emory University for his undergraduate degree, earning a B.A. in psychology with a minor in ethics. At Emory, he worked in Dr. Robyn Fivush’s Family Narratives Lab, where he cultivated an interest in approaching the self as an ongoing story through time. After graduating, he was a lab manager for the Identity and Diversity Lab at Duke University under the direction of Dr. Sarah Gaither. His research interests concern how linking the self to the past and future through storytelling—both within one’s own lifetime and across generations—can promote the good life. Additionally, he is interested in how various religious and secular worldviews shape the construction of a “good life story”. His research is currently funded by an NSF GRFP.
S. Elisha LePine is a second year PhD student at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Erin Westgate. Areas of research interest include social emotions, moral violations, and the process of relational repair and reconciliation, especially between groups, and social comparison. Ongoing projects include cross-cultural studies on processes of forgiveness, and the impact of social comparison information on tobacco cessation success.
Anaïs Ortiz is a second year doctoral student at the Florida Social Cognition and Emotion Lab. She received her undergraduate degree in History of Art and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and took a non-linear path to psychological research after working in fashion, game design, and yoga. She is curious about contexts of thinking over contents of thinking, and how certain contexts like mindfulness help humans conceptualize cognitions and emotions as experiences of consciousness within a self-context. She has additionally extended this inquiry to the social context to examine how related indicators of well-being (i.e. self-compassion, purpose and meaning in life, etc) relate to prosocial behavior. Anaïs also teaches meditation and yoga, goes out in natureoften, and enjoys a steady rotation of DIY home projects to keep herself grounded.
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