Xi Shen

Xi Shen, Ph.D.

Xi Shen
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Action Lab

Xi Shen studies the social learning processes involved in forming and changing impressions, evaluations, and moral judgments, with an emphasis on the role of implicit cognition.

Shen received her Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from Cornell University in 2021. Shen’s work has examined the role of intuitive social cues, such as facial appearances, group memberships, and emotional responses, in shaping people’s impressions of others. She also examines the possibility of changing people's minds by exploring the type of effective information. She has been especially interested in implicit cognitions involved in these social learning processes, their processing characteristics, and their role in influencing social behaviors. She also studies the social cognitive processes involved in goal pursuit.


  • B.S., East China Normal University, 2011
  • M.A., New York University, 2014 
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2021