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Sau Kwan

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Associate Professor and Area Head, Social Psychology
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Biography

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology (Social Psychology)

Education

University of California, Berkeley

     Ph.D. in Social / Personality Psychology, 2002

 Chinese University of Hong Kong

     M.A. in Social / Cultural Psychology, 1997

 Bemidji State University

     B.S. in Psychology, 1995

 

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

 

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 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 315Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PGS 399Supervised Research
PGS 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
PGS 315Personality Theory/Research
PGS 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction