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Yi Lu

Affiliations and Roles

PhD Student, Developmental Psychology

Affirming Pronouns: she/her

Graduate Mentor

Research Interests: I aim to benefit people’s lifespan development through a more profound understanding of the self. My research focuses on how the self is constructed and connected intertemporally and interpersonally, with implications for lifelong well-being. Firstly, I study the concept of self-continuity, which refers to the perceived psychological connectedness among one’s past, present, and future selves. Secondly, I study how this connectedness to past or future selves could impact intertemporal decision-making. Lastly, to improve rewarding social relationships, I investigate how proximity to others impacts one’s interpersonal decisions.

About Me: I am currently a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Healthy Aging Lab at Cornell University. Before that, I got my bachelor’s degree at Peking University in China. In parallel to my research, I serve as a member of the Graduate Student Committee in the Psychology Department, a teaching fellow at the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI), and a member of the Diversity and International Students Committee (DISC) in the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. I also work as a volunteering mentor for Extended Project Qualification, assisting high school students with their first social science projects. During my leisure, I enjoy spending time with my two feline fur kids, handcrafting, and hiking.