Amanda Wang

Amanda Wang received her B.A. from Cornell University in 2011 and is currently a social psychology doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. Broadly, she studies how certain ways that people think (such as biased perceptions of the self, or "if-only" thoughts about how things could have gone differently) can influence emotions (like guilt, regret, relief) and ultimately influence how people socially engage with others—perhaps nurturing relationships, but also sometimes hindering them. In her free time, she can frequently be found running in places inaccessible by cars; solving puzzles of the jigsaw, crossword, or NPR Sunday variety; or taking photos of odd/interesting/beautiful things. Oftentimes—and preferably—these activities may co-occur.