Bio

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I am a NYU Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Social Neuroscience Lab directed by Prof. David Amodio. I obtained my PhD from the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University, where I worked with Prof. Alin Coman, in the Socio Cognitive Processes Lab. I also received a BA in Psychology and Economics from the University of Rochester (2016) and an MA in Cognitive Psychology from Princeton University (2018). My research investigates the cognitive and social processes that shape individuals’ and collectives’ memories, beliefs, attidudes, and behaviors, with direct applications for policy. Guided by a theoretical framework of investigation, I employ a large array of canonical and innovative methods from behavioral experiments to brain imaging, and social network analysis, to uncover avenues in which science can be applied for social welfare.

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Research: Individual and Collective Memory, Beliefs, Behaviors

In a series of studies, I developed and extended a theoretical framework for investigating factors driving individual and collective belief change, a crucial first step for misinformation prevention and reduction. For instance, I found several effective strategies to change people’s beliefs, such as manipulating memory accessibility (Vlasceanu & Coman, 2018), emotional arousal (Vlasceanu et al, 2020), predictions about belief-related evidence (Vlasceanu et al, in press), and social norms (Vlasceanu & Coman, in review). In my work at collective level, I found that these effects are amplified in communities of interacting individuals, leading to the emergence of collective beliefs (Vlasceanu et al., 2020; Vlasceanu & Coman, in review). Leveraging these strategies, policy makers would be more prepared to fight the global misinformation epidemic.

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