Current Research Projects
My research projects examine how cultural differences in emotional values shape our interpersonal judgments of others and how it impacts with whom we choose to interact. I am also interested in the neural mechanisms underlying cultural differences in social perception.
Honors & Awards
2016-19 Melvin and Joan Lane Fellow, Graduate Fellowship in Science and Engineering
2013 Graduation with honors, magna cum laude
2013 Phi Beta Kappa
Tsai, J.L., Blevins, E., Bencharit, L.Z., Chim, L., Fung, H.H., & Yeung, D.Y. (2017). Cultural variation in social judgments of smiles: The role of ideal affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000192.
Park, B., Qu, Y., Chim, L., Blevins, E., Knutson, B., & Tsai, J.L. (2018). Ventral striatal activity mediates cultural differences in affiliative judgments of smiles. Culture and Brain. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40167-018-0061-7.
Park, B., Blevins, E., Knutson, B., & Tsai, J.L. (2017). Neurocultural evidence that ideal affect match promotes giving. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(7), 1083-1096.
Park, B.K., Tsai, J.L., Chim, L., Blevins, E., & Knutson, B. (2016). Neural evidence for cultural differences in the valuation of positive facial expressions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(2), 243-252.
Tsai, J.L., Ang, J., Blevins, E., Goernandt, J., Fung, H.H., Jiang, D., Elliott, J., Elliott, J., Kaiser, A., Govindama, Y., & Haddouk, L. (2016). Leaders’ smiles reflect cultural differences in ideal affect. Emotion, 16(2), 183-195.
Blevins, E., Qu, Y., & Tsai, J.L. (2018, March). When Ideal Affect Match Matters: Cultural Differences in the Effects of Cognitive Demand on Giving. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
Blevins, E., Tsai, J.L., Chim, L., & Fung, H.H. (2017, January). The Role of Culture and Emotion in Shaping Perceptions of Friendliness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
Blevins, E., Tsai, J.L., Ang, J., Goernandt, J., Fung, H.H., & Jiang, D. (2016, January). Cultural differences in ideal affect reflected in leaders’ smiles. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.