Graduate Students (Primary)
Yijun Lin is a 2nd year doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Florida. She works primarily with Dr. Erin Westgate in the Florida Social Cognition and 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.
Anaïs Ortiz is a first 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.
S. Elisha LePine is a first 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.
Lab Managers & Honors Thesis Students
Gaelle el Helou | Lab Manager & Visiting Scholar
I am a post-bac visiting research scholar and lab manager at Florida Social Cognition and Emotion Lab. I was born in Beirut, Lebanon. My goal is to pursue a doctoral program in psychology and become a clinical psychologist and researcher. My main interests include the interlink between clinical and social psychology, and the effect of emotional intelligence /self-regulation on health. Aside from school, I love traveling, singing, dancing, and playing the piano.
Tram Lai | Senior Honors Thesis
I'm a fourth-year Psychology and Criminology student. I was born in Vietnam and grew up in West Palm Beach, FL. The reason why I joined this lab is because Social Psychology is one of my absolute favorite topics in Psychology and I want to pursue a doctorate degree in it. My research interests are decision making, false memory, juvenile rehabilitation, and how humans influence one another. Outside of school and work, I love books, games, Podcast, fashion, and collecting trinkets. My research study is on how affective forecasting influences our decisions on reading (Classics and Contemporary novels).
2021-2022 Lab Members and Affiliates
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