Ernestine Zou is currently working at Stanford's Department of Psychology as a Research Assistant at the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab.
She is pursuing a Master's degree in Behavioral and Decision Sciences at University of Pennsylvania, and is interested in continuing her studies by obtaining a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. 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’ 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 Bhagavad Gita learning about Hinduism, going to frat parties, and jotting down her random thoughts and feelings.