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Education & Employment

2018.8 - present Postdoctoral Associate
    Department of Psychology, Stanford University
    Advisers: Drs. Hyowon Gweon & Michael C. Frank
2012.9 - 2018.6 Ph.D. in Cognitive Science
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
    Advisers: Drs. Laura E. Schulz & Josh B. Tenenbaum
2008.9 - 2012.6 B.S. in Psychology
    Department of Psychology, Peking University (Beijing, China)
    Adviser: Dr. Yanjie Su

Honors & Awards

Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015)

Student Travel Award, Society for Research in Child Development (2015)

Glushko Student Travel Award, Cognitive Science Society (2014)

Leventhal Fellowship, MIT (2014)

Stark Fellowship, MIT (2013)

Henry E. Singleton fellowship, MIT (2012)

Publications

Please Note: These electronic articles are posted for individual, noncommericial use to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly work. They are intended for teaching and training purposes only. Articles may not be reposted or disseminated without permission by the copyright holder. Copyright holders retain all rights as indicated within each article.

Wu, Y. & Schulz, L. E. (accepted pending minor revisions). Understanding social display rules: Using one person's emotional expressions to infer the desires of another. Child Development. [Email me to request the manuscript.]

Wu, Y., Schulz, L. E, & Saxe, R. (2018). Toddlers connect emotional responses to epistemic states. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2711-2716).

Wu, Y., Haque, J. A., & Schulz, L. E. (2018). Children can use others' emotional expressions to infer their knowledge and predict their behaviors in classic false belief tasks. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1193-1198).

Wu, Y. & Schulz, L. (2018). Inferring beliefs and desires from emotional reactions to anticipated and observed events. Child Development, 89(2), 649-662. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12759

Wu, Y., Baker, C. L., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (2018). Rational inference of beliefs and desires from emotional expressions. Cognitive Science, 42(3), 850-884. DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12548 (Supporting Information can be found here.)

Wu, Y., Muentener, P., & Schulz, L. E. (2017). One- to four-year-olds connect diverse positive emotional vocalizations to their probable causes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(45), 11896-11901. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1707715114

Wu, Y. & Schulz, L. E. (2017). What do you really think? Children’s ability to infer others’ desires when emotional expressions change between social and nonsocial contexts. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1363-1368).

Wu, Y., Muentener, P., & Schulz, L. E. (2017). Whoa! Aww … Ohh … Hee! and Mmm: Infants’ nuanced distinctions about the probable causes of emotional expressions. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3553). [Email me to request the manuscript.]

Wu, Y., Muentener, P., & Schulz, L. (2016). The invisible hand: Toddlers connect probabilistic events with agentive causes. Cognitive Science, 40(8), 1854-1876.

Wu, Y., Muentener, P., & Schulz, L. (2015). A fine-grained understanding of emotions: Young children match within-valence emotional expressions to their causes. In Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2685-2690). (See this poster for more follow-up experiments)

Wu, Y., Baker, C. L., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (2014) Joint inferences of belief and desire from facial expressions. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1796-1801). (Selected for the Glushko Student Travel Award)

Wu, Y., Muentener, P., & Schulz, L. (2013). The invisible hand: Toddlers infer hidden agents when events occur probabilistically. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3807-3810). (See this poster for more follow-up experiments)

Talks & Posters

2018

Toddlers connect emotional responses to epistemic states. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (July 26-28, 2018; Madison, WI)

Children can use others' emotional expressions to infer their knowledge and predict their behaviors in classic false belief tasks. Talk given at the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (July 26-28, 2018; Madison, WI)

Emotion as information: Inferring the unobservable causes of others’ emotional expressions. Talk given at Stanford University. (April 25, 2018)

Emotion as information: Inferring the unobservable causes of others’ emotional expressions. Talk given at University of Virginia. (February 23, 2018)

Emotion as information: Inferring the unobservable causes of others’ emotional expressions. Talk given at Rutgers University - Newark. (January 23, 2018)

2017

Emotion as information: Inferring the unobservable causes of others’ emotional expressions. Talk given at New York University. (December 4, 2017)

Emotion understanding in infancy and childhood: Recent progress and new insights. Chaired symposium at the 10th Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. (October 12-14, 2017; Portland, OR)

Emotion as information: Inferring the unobservable causes of others’ emotional expressions. Talk given at Harvard University. (September 29, 2017)

What do you really think? Children’s ability to infer others’ desires when emotional expressions change between social and nonsocial contexts. Talk given at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (July 26-29, 2017; London, UK)

Whoa! Aww … Ohh … Hee! and Mmm: Infants’ nuanced distinctions about the probable causes of emotional expressions. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (July 26-29, 2017; London, UK)

Infants’ nuanced distinctions about the probable causes of emotional expressions. Talk given at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Society for Affective Science. (April 27-29, 2017; Boston, MA)

Rational inference of beliefs and desires from emotional expressions. Talk given at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Society for Affective Science. (April 27-29, 2017; Boston, MA)

One-to-four-year-olds’ ability to connect diverse positive emotional expressions to their probable causes. Poster presented at the 2017 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. (April 6-8, 2017; Austin, TX)

2015

What can people recover from others’ emotional expressions? Talk given at the CogLunch of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, MIT. (November 17, 2015; Boston, MA)

Learning from social evidence: Children's inference from other's emotion. Talk given at the Post-conference of the 9th Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (More On Development). (October 11, 2017; Columbus, OH)

A fine-grained understanding of emotions: Young children match within-valence emotional expressions to their causes. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. (October 9-10, 2017; Columbus, OH)

Children's joint inference of beliefs and desires from emotional expressions. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (July 22-25, 2017; Pasadena, CA)

A fine-grained understanding of emotions: Young children match within-valence emotional expressions to their causes. Talk given at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (July 22-25, 2015; Pasadena, CA)

The invisible hand: Toddlers connect probabilistic events with agentive causes. Talk given at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. (March 19-21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA)

Children's joint inference of beliefs and desires from emotional expressions. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. (March 19-21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA)

2014

The intuitive theory of emotions. Talk given in the the Symposium "Understanding affective cognition: Frontiers in modeling reasoning about others' emotions" at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (July 24-26, 2014; Quebec City, Canada)

Joint inference of beliefs and desires from emotional expressions. Talk given at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (July 24-26, 2014; Quebec City, Canada)

2013

Reasoning about unobserved causes in physical and social world. Talk given at the CogLunch of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, MIT. (November 19, 2013; Boston, MA)

The invisible hand: Toddlers infer hidden agents when events occur probabilistically. Poster presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (August 1-3, 2013; Berlin, Germany)

TA Experience

MIT Course: 9.85 Infant & Childhood Cognition (Instructor: Laura Schulz; Fall 2014, Fall 2015)

MIT Course: 9.00 Intro to Psychological Science (Instructor: John Gabrieli; Spring 2014)

 

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