Bai Xuechunzi
​​白 雪純子
I am Bai! I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. I study social cognition, especially how human learn stereotypes.
I work primarily with Susan T. Fiske, and study in certificate programs in Statistics and Machine Learning, and Social Policy in Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
For more information please see my CV.  Feel free to reach out at xb2 at princeton dot edu.
Research Interests
We learn about others all the time. We try to learn efficiently, but we do not always learn accurately. My research seeks to understand:
(1) whether different contextual structures have different influences on what we learn.
(2) what cognitive processes during learning make people efficient, however at the same time, biased.
Relevant projects are:
1. Contextual influence on social group learning: cultural norms [2], inequality [2,6], political ideology [5], and diversity [6,8].
2. One potential cognitive process underlies biased mental representation: sampling.
3. Inferential traits that people use in social interaction: warmth, competence, etc. [4].
Other topics of interests:
  • Comparative moral reasoning in nation v. world domain [7].
  • Machine and human statistical learning.
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) in social science [3,4,7].
  • Qualitative analysis and field experiment [1].
  • [8] Bai, X., Ramos, M.R., & Fiske, S. T. (2020). Diversity paradox: As diversity increases, people paradoxically perceive social groups as more similar. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [slides][pdf][press]

  • [7] Bai, X., Fiske, S. T., & Gauri, V. (under review). Moral cosmopolitanism: Moral cosmopolitans in eight countries bestow equitable benefit and security on outsiders. [slides][preprint]

  • [6] Fiske, S. T. & Bai, X. (2020). Vertical and horizontal inequality are status and power differences: Applications to stereotyping by competence and warmth. Current Opinion in Psychology. [pdf]

  • [5] Grigoryan, L.*, Bai, X.*, Durante, F., Fiske, S. T., Maloku, E., Fabrykant, M., Hakobjanyan, A., Javakhishvili, N., Kadirov, K., Kotova, M., Makashvili, A., Morozova-Larina, O., Mullabaeva, N., Samekin, A., Verbilovich, V., & Yahiiaiev, I. (2019). Stereotypes as historical accidents: Images of social class in post-communist versus capitalist societies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. [slides][pdf]

  • [4] Nicolas, G., Bai, X., & Fiske, S. T. (under review). Automated dictionary creation for analyzing text: An illustration from stereotype content. [preprint]

  • [3] Nicolas, G., Bai, X., & Fiske, S. T. (2019). Exploring research methods blogs in psychology: Who posts what about whom, with what effect. Perspectives on Psychological Science. [visualize post topics][pdf]

  • [2] Wu, S. J., Bai, X., & Fiske, S. T. (2018). Admired Rich or Resented Rich? How Two Cultures Vary in Envy. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. [slides][pdf][press]

  • [1] Bai, X. (2015). Potentials of generating business ideas from lower SES ethnic groups: Action Research in Zhoujiaping, Sichuan, China. The University of Tokyo Undergraduate Honors Thesis.

    • 白雪純子. 2015年2月.「貧困層からビジネスアイデアを生み出す可能性に関する研究―中国四川省周家坪村におけるアクションリサーチを通じて―」.卒業論文. Advisor: Yuki Honda(本田由紀),  Ryoko Tsuneyoshi(恒吉僚子)

Social Activities
  • Open a Door, a social project helps rebuild the confidence of lower socioeconomic, ethnic minority villagers via designed group discussions and interactive activities with high and middle socioeconomic class city dwellers in mainland China.
    • Social Entrepreneurship Contest, Best Award, the University of Tokyo, 2014. Video in Japanese.
    • TEDxUTokyo Student Speaker, 2015. Video in English.
    • It was a great opportunity to share this idea. In the meantime, I am seriously aware of the limitations of this focus group study. I wish to build a fine-grained mechanism with theoretical and empirical evidence during my graduate studies.
  • Teach for China.
    • During my gap year (2012-13), I volunteered in Zhoujiaping, a remote ethnic village in Sichuan province in mainland China. 
    • This experience significantly motivated my honors thesis, social project Open a Door, and research interests.
  • A bridge between Japan and China.
    • Intern at a Japanese consulting firm, Hyacca LLC, developing a personality assessment test for Chinese and Japanese employment.
    • Alumni of AIESEC Japan, in charge of international student conference, cross-national internship, and workshop. 
    • Intern at Genron NPO (a democratic conversation channel), assistance in negotiations between Japan and China government. 
    • Outstanding high school exchange student (valedictorian) honored by Japan Foundation. Interview vol.001.  

As a Chinese Korean (one of the 55 ethnic minorities in China) who has been living in Japan for almost a decade, it is always intriguing yet frustrating to see how the relations among these three perplexing nations change.


I like Chinese Calligraphy (semicursive script), and dancing. Hip-Hop and Jazz always energize me.

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