Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Nicole Wen


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Student; Cognition, Culture, & Development Lab (Legare)
Nicole Wen

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Interests


Cognitive development, cultural learning, social cognition, mechanisms of cultural transmission

Biography


I am a third year graduate student in the Cognitive Science and Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program at The University of Texas at Austin. I graduated from UT Austin with a B.S. in Psychology, a B.A. in Plan II Honors, and a minor in History in 2013. I received my M.A. in Psychology from UT Austin in 2015.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Cristine H. Legare in the Cognition, Culture, & Development Lab, I am studying cognitive development from an interdisciplinary perspective using as variety of methods to examine how children learn across cultures. My research interests include the development of social cognition and examining the imitative foundations of cultural learning. I am interested in examining the effects of social conventions on children’s social group cognition in order to understand how rituals facilitate group cohesion and identity formation.

Publications


Wen, N. J.,Herrmann, P. A. & Legare, C. H. (in press, 2015). Ritual increases children’s affiliation with in-group members. Evolution and Human Behavior . (PDF)

Legare, C. H., Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Imitative flexibility and the development of cultural learning. Cognition, 142, 351-361. (PDF)

Legare, C. H., & Wen, N. J. (2014). The effects of ritual on social group cognition. The International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Bulletin, 66(2), 9-12.(PDF)

Conference Presentations


Wen, N. J., Legare, C. H., Watson-Jones, R. E., Ratcliffe, M. R., & Gelman, S. A. (2015, October). The effect of ritual on instrumental tool use. Poster to be presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Columbus, OH.

Wen, N. J., Clegg, J. M., Tsao, A., & Legare, C. H. (2015, May). Developmental differences in expectations for children’s conformity in a Non-Western population. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), New York, NY.

Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., Legare, C. H., Hartman, P., & Alcott, A. (2015, May). A cross-cultural examination of caregiver-child interaction during a problem-solving task. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), New York, NY.

Wen, N. J., Clegg, J. M., Tsao, A., & Legare, C. H. (2015, March). Developmental differences in expectations for children’s conformity in a Non-Western population. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA.

Legare, C. H., & Wen, N. J. (2015, March). The effects of ritual on the development of social group cognition. Paper presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA.

Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., Hartman, P., Alcott, A., & Legare, C. H. (2015, March). Putting the pieces together: A cross-cultural examination of caregiver-child interaction during a problem-solving task. Paper presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA.

Legare, C. H., & Wen, N. J. (2014, October). Rituals increase children’s affiliation with in-group members. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), Columbus, Ohio.

Hartman, P. E., Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., & Legare, C. H. (2014, March). Putting the pieces together: A cross-cultural examination of caregiver-child interaction during a problem-solving task. Poster presented at the 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD), Austin, TX.

Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Legare, C. H. (2013, October). Do like I do, be like I am: Rituals foster group cohesion in early childhood. Poster presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Memphis, TN.

Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Legare, C. H. (2013, May). Spot the difference: Examining the detection of behavioral deviation in conventional learning. Poster presented at The University of Texas at Austin- Department of Psychology Honors Thesis Symposium, Austin, TX.

Wen, N. J., & Legare, C. H. (2013, April). Spot the difference: Examining the detection of behavioral deviation in conventional learning. Thesis presented at the University of Texas at Austin- Plan II Honors Thesis Symposium, Austin, TX.

Legare, C. H., Herrmann, P. A., Wen, N. J., & Cullum, K. A. (2013, April). Stick to the script: Young children expect imitative rigidity in ritual learning. Paper presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Seattle, WA.

Legare, C. H., Whitehouse, H., Wen, N. J., & Segraves, J. (2011, October). The cognitive developmental underpinnings of ritual. Poster presented at the 2011 Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Philadelphia, PA. 


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