Hi, welcome to my page! My name is Yiyun (E-uwing) and I am a first-year PhD student in Biopsychology at University of Michigan. I graduated from University of Rochester with a B.S in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and a B.A in Mathematics in 2018. I am a cognitive scientist interested broadly in the evolution of behavior and cognition. Over the past four years, I have conducted research with many pet dogs in the greater New Haven area and a variety of non-human primates in lab, zoo, and field settings.
My research to date has investigated two lines of questions: Are non-linguistic minds capable of logical reasoning mechanisms and what kinds of social-cognitive biases and tools are unique to humans? For the former line of question, I conducted my senior honors thesis research with olive baboons at the Seneca Park Zoo and investigated whether they can reason through the disjunctive syllogism (the logic of "A or B, not A, therefore B"). For the latter line of research, I have conducted cognitive studies with pet dogs on topics ranging from biases in social learning to formation of social categories, to social decision making.
Outside of research, I have been a photographer since 2016. I love capturing beautiful, joyous, and special moments and have had the pleasure of doing so for many wonderful people. Please take a look at some of my work in the subpages. I also serve as an alumni admissions interviewer for the University of Rochester and have interviewed over 100 prospective students over the past 3 years. I occasionally serve as a study-abroad consultant for younger Chinese students who are in the process of applying to schools in the US. I love eating good food, traveling, all animals, reading, and hiking. I am excited by science communication and STEM accessibility.