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July 2017 – Now

Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA  

Ph.D. Student in Developmental Psychology (Ph.D. Candidate 2020-)

Advisor: Yarrow Dunham

August 2013 – July 2017

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China​ 

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Economics, School of Economics and Management


Yale Graduate Student Conference Travel Award 2nd Round ($500), 2019

Yale Graduate Student Conference Travel Award ($500), 2019

Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Graduate Travel Award ($500), 2018

Tsinghua Undergraduate Research Grant (Approximately $4400), 2017

Tsinghua Top Open Program Award for Undergraduate Overseas Research (Approximately $3000), 2016

Tsinghua Student Research Training Fellowship (Approximately $500), 2016

National Scholarship for Excellent Undergraduate Exchange Students ($6000 plus travel grant), 2015


Yang, X. & Dunham, Y. (2019). Hard to disrupt: Categorization and enumeration by gender and race from mixed displays. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85, 103893.

Yang, X. & Dunham, Y. (2019). Minimal but meaningful: Probing the limits of randomly assigned social identities. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 185, 19–34.

Yang, F., Choi, Y., Misch, A., Yang, X., & Dunham, Y. (2018). In defense of the commons: Young children negatively evaluate and sanction free-riders. Psychological Science, 29, 1598–1611.


The development of children’s understanding of competence and achievement. Symposium to be presented at the Society for Research in Child Development 2021 Virtual Biennial Meeting (SRCD 2021).

Children’s understanding of social hierarchies and interventions to reduce status prejudice. Symposium at Cognitive Development Society Biennial Conference 2019, Louisville, Kentucky, USA (CDS 2019).