Dr. Wang is a social psychologist, focusing on three broad research themes: 1) Objectification and Dehumanization; 2) Immoral Behaviour, Aggression, and Self-Interested Behaviour; 3) Inequality, Social Power, Social Dominance, and Hierarchy.
She uses a combination of methods, including laboratory and online experiments (e.g., face-perception, economic games, and behavioural paradigms), quasi-experiments/ special sample studies, surveys, and using ecological and archival data (e.g., Google Ngram).
- 2021, Sep.--- Present. Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong kong.
- 2019, Jan. ---2021, Aug. Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong.
- 2014, Oct. --- 2018, Sep. Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London.
- 2017, Feb. --- 2017, May. Visiting Ph.D. Student. University of Southern California.
- 2013, Sep. --- 2014, Aug. MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (Distinction), Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London.
- Before 2013 --- my "past life" :-)
1) Objectification and Dehumanization
Wang, X., #* Chen, H.,# Chen, Z., & Yang, Y. (2021) Women’s intrasexual competition results in beautification. Social Psychological and Psychological Science, 12(5), 648-657.
Wang, X.* & Krumhuber, E. G. (2017). The love of money results in objectification. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56, 354-372.
Wang, X.* & Krumhuber, E. G. (2018). Mind perception of robots varies with their economic versus social function. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1230.
2) Immoral Behaviour, Aggression, and Self-Interested Behaviour
Wang, X.,* Chen, Z.,* Krumhuber, E. G., & Chen, H. (2021) Money and flexible generosity. British Journal of Social Psychology.
Teng, F., Wang, X.,* Shi, J., Chen, Z., Huang, Q., & Cheng, W. (2021). Psychosomatic symptoms and neuroticism following CoViD-19: the role of online aggression toward a stigmatized group. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16), 8672.
Wang, X.,* Krumhuber, E. G., & Gratch, J. (2018). The interpersonal effects of emotions in money versus candy games. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 315-327.
3) Inequality, Social Power, Social Dominance, and Hierarchy
Chen, H.,# Wang, X.,#* Zang, H., & Chen, Z. (2021) Being a tough person in a tight world: cultural tightness leads to a desire for muscularity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Shi, J., Chen, Z., Wang, X., Yang, Y., & Chen, H. (2021) Dominate others, hurt self: Social dominance orientation predicts depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences.
Wang, X.,* Chen, Z.,* & Krumhuber, E. G. (2020). Money: an integrated review and synthesis from a psychological perspective. Review of General Psychology, 24(2), 172-190.
Wang, X.,* Guinote, A., & Krumhuber, E. G. (2018). Dominance biases in the perception and memory for the faces of powerholders, with consequences for social inferences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 78, 23-33.
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Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Group Processes & Intergroup Relations; Applied Psychology: An International Review; European Journal of Social Psychology; Frontiers in Psychology; Cogent Psychology; Asian Journal of Social Psychology