Ernestine Zou is currently working at Stanford, Department of Psychology, as a Research Assistant at the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab.
She is also an incoming Master's student in Behavioral and Decision Sciences at University of Pennsylvania in Fall 2022, and is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Social Psychology after getting her Masters. Prior to Stanford, She received her B.A in Psychology (Summa cum laude) from UC San Diego.
With inspiration from Solomon Asch, she believes “Advances in psychological knowledge should give us increased mastery over ourselves.” Ernestine's research interests lie in Self-Agency, Emotion, Motivation, and Achievement—in particular, how individual differences in perception and emotion, such as in their levels of desire and fear, shape individuals’ well-being, social connection, and social status; how perception and emotion mutually influence one another to determine behavioral outcomes; and how we can intervene on psychological processes to improve people’s outcomes.
Outside of the lab, Ernestine enjoys reading publications and textbooks at a fancy bar on a Friday night.