Research Assistants

Randy Gao

Graduate Research Assistant

Randy is a MAPSS student at the University of Chicago. Having graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature, he is now broadly interested in behavioral science, especially in judgment and decision making. In his spare time he binge-watches sitcoms and Woody Allen movies. 


Uriel Heller

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Uriel is a third year student at the University of Chicago majoring in psychology. He is interested in how language affects our experience of the world - specifically, in how languages vary in how they delineate emotion.

Before joining the lab, Uriel served in the Israeli Intelligence for three years.


Yue Pan

Graduate Research Assistant

Yue Pan is currently a MAPSS student at the University of Chicago. He is interested in investigating what are the potential influences of speaking a foreign language on people’s cognition, emotion, reasoning and other psychological phenomena. Also, he is interested in finding effective ways of both learning and teaching a second language. 

Before coming to UChicago, Yue Pan received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he simultaneously worked as research assistant in Dr. Berenbaum’s, Dr. Hunter’s and Dr. Albarracin’s labs across clinical, cultural and social psychology domains.


Patricia Van Hissenhoven Florez

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Patricia is a third year student at the University of Chicago. She is deciding between majoring in philosophy, linguistics, and sociology. Patricia studies Human Rights and is interested in working with peace-bulding issues. Her research interests are focused on how language affects cognitive processes and conflict resolution. 


Angel Wang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Angel is a second year student at the University of Chicago. She is majoring in psychology and considering a double major in philosophy or English specializing in creative writing. Her research interests range broadly but focus on how experiences affect our sense of self over time. She is especially interested in exploring how emersion in differing language environments affects daily decision making and its relation to self-perception.


Xinyu Wei

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Xinyu is a second year student at the University of Chicago majoring in mathematics. She is interested in a broad range of psychology topics from early childhood development to language and biases. Working as a RA in Multilingualism And Decision Making Lab, she hopes to dig deeper into the dominant factors affecting decision making process and how language plays a role in it.