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Sau Kwan

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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Biography: 

Sau Kwan is a professor and area head of social psychology in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Social / Personality Psychology, University of California-Berkeley 2002
  • M.A. Social/Cultural Psychology,  Chinese University of Hong Kong 1997
  • B.S. Psychology,  Bemidji State University 1995
Research Interests: 

• Social-Perception Processes
    o Self-Perception
    o Intergroup Perception
    o Perceptions of Nonhuman Agents

• Cultural Psychology
    o Diversity and Multicultural Identity Dynamics
    o Cultural Priming
    o Judgment and Medical Decision Making

• Methodology
    o Multi-level Analysis
    o Social Relations Model

Publications: 
  • Kwan, V.S.Y., Johnson, K.A., Neel, R., Cohen, A.B. Anthropomorphism. The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology 4th Edition (2010).
  • Amati, F., Oh, H., Kwan, V.S.Y., Jordan, K., & Keenan, J. P. Overclaiming and the medial prefrontal cortex: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation study. Cognitive Neuroscience (2010).
  • Kwan, V. S. Y., & McGee, J. A. Individuation. Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (2009).
  • Alter, A., & Kwan, V. S. Y. Cultural sharing in a global village: evidence for extracultural cognition in white Americans. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2009).
  • Cuddy, A. J. C., Fiske, S. T., & Kwan, V. S. Y., Glick, P., Demoulin, S., Levens, J. P. and others. Is the Stereotype Content Model culture-bound? A cross-cultural comparison reveals systematic similarities and differences. British Journal of Social Psychology (2009).
  • Kwan, V. S. Y., & Gaertner, L. A. Two sides to every self-process: The pros and the cons. Self and Identity (2009).
  • Kwan, V. S. Y., Kuang, L. L., & Hui, N. Identifying the sources of self-esteem: The mixed medley of benevolence, merit, and bias. Self and Identity (2009).
  • . Two sides to every self-process: The pros and the cons. (2009).
  • Kwan, V. S. Y., Hui, C. M., & McGee, J. A. What do we know about the Chinese self?. The Hand Book of Chinese Psychology, 2nd Edition (0).
Research Activity: 
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 551Advanced Social Psychology
PSY 792Research
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 551Advanced Social Psychology
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Honors / Awards: 

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Inaugural Sage Young Scholars Award, Foundation of Social and Personality Psychology, 2008
  • Identified as a Psychological Science’s Rising Star, American Psychological Society, 2007 (Featured in Observer, October, 2007)
  • Elected Member, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 2007-present
  • Old Dominion Fellow, Princeton University, 2005-2007
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2004 – 2005
  • Theoretical Innovation Prize, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2002
  • The best article published in the Journal of Research in Personality, 2002
  • UC Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2001 - 2002        
  • Departmental Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, Spring, 2001
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1997 - 1999
  • Award of Excellence in the Minnesota State Undergraduate Statistics Contest, 1994
  • New Writer Award, Bemidji State University, 1993
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