Department of Psychology and the College
Lin Bian’s research focuses on the early roots of social inequality by examining children’s reasoning about social categories. In this vein, she has pursued two major lines of research. One line of work focuses on the acquisition of stereotypes about social groups and its consequences for children’s interests and motivation. The other focuses on infants’ and toddlers’ sociomoral expectations, especially how they understand interactions within and across group boundaries.
Her research has been published in top scientific journals, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, American Psychologist, and Annual Review of Psychology, and featured in major media outlets such as The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Washington Post. Her work has also been recognized by such awards as the Association for Psychological Science Rising Star and the Forbes 30 Scientists under 30.
Most recently, Bian held an Evalyn Edwards Milman Assistant Professorship in Early Childhood Development at Cornell University. She obtained her BS in psychology at Zhejiang University in China and her PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University.