Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Nicole Wen


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Student; Cognition, Culture, & Development Lab (Legare)
Nicole Wen

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Interests


Cognitive development, cultural learning, social cognition, mechanisms of cultural transmission

Biography


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Cognitive Science and Developmental Psychology program at The University of Texas at Austin. I am studying cognitive developmental psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Cristine Legare. As a member of the Cognition, Culture, and Development Lab, I have had the opportunity to study children’s cognitive and social development using a variety of methods to examine how children learn across cultures. Most recently, I have explored children's use of imitation as a tool for cultural learning in the U.S. and Vanuatu. I am also interested in examining the effects of social conventions on children’s social group cognition in order to understand how rituals facilitate group cohesion and identity formation. 

I graduated from UT Austin with a B.S. in Psychology, a B.A. in Plan II Honors, and a minor in History in 2013. As an undergraduate, I took coursework from a variety of social science disciplines. My undergraduate honors thesis examined how children reason about both instrumental and conventional functions of imitation. Specifically, I examined how portraying a task as ritual versus instrumental differentially influenced children's imitative behavior and accuracy in detecting differences. I also received my M.A. in Psychology from UT Austin in 2015. My masters thesis examined the impact of ritual participation on children’s in-group affiliation.

Publications


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

Wen, N. J., Clegg, J. M., & Legare, C. H. (2017, in press). Smart conformists: Children and adolescents associate conformity with intelligence early across cultures. Child Development.

Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., & Legare, C. H. (2017). Intelligence is in the eye of the beholder: Cultural variation in adults’ beliefs about children’s conformity and competency. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(3), 428-441. doi: 10.1037/xge0000275

Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A. & Legare, C. H. (2016). Ritual increases children’s affiliation with in- group members. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37(1), 54-60. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.08.002

Legare, C. H., Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Imitative flexibility and the development of cultural learning. Cognition, 142, 351-361. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.05.020

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Under Review

Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., Hartman, P. E., Alcott, A. & Legare, C. H. (under review). Experience or efficiency? Examining cultural variation in caregiver-child interaction. 

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Watson-Jones, R. E., Wen, N. J., & Legare, C. H. (2017, in press). The development of cultural learning. In M. Gelfand, C. Chiu and Y. Hong (Eds). Advances in culture and psychology. Oxford University Press. 

Legare, C. H., Wen, N. J., & Watson-Jones, R. E. (2016). Ritual. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Legare, C. H., & Wen, N. J. (2014). The effects of ritual on social group cognition. The International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Bulletin, 66(2), 9-12.

 

Conference Presentations


Symposia Organized

Co-Organizer with R.E. Watson-Jones (2016, July). The ontogeny of social group cognition. The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Paper Presentations

Wen, N. J., & Legare C. H. (2016, July). Ritual increases children’s affiliation with in-group members. Paper presented at the 2017 Inaugural Meeting of the Cultural Evolution Society (CES), Jena, Thuringia, Germany.

Clegg, J.M., Wen, N.J., & Legare, C.H. (2017, October). Examining the role of conformity in children's flexible imitation: Children's imitation of instrumental and conventional tasks in the U.S. and Vanuatu. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Portland, OR.

Wen, N. J., Clegg, J. M., & Legare, C. H. (2017, April). Intelligence is in the eye of the beholder: Cultural variation in adults’ beliefs about children’s competency and conformity. Paper to be presented at the 2017 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, TX.

Wen, N. J., & Legare C. H. (2016, July). Ritual increases children’s affiliation with in-group members. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Vancouver, BC, Canada.
*Finalist for the New Investigator Competition.

Legare, C. H., & Wen, N. J. (2015, March). The effects of ritual on the development of social group cognition. Paper presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA.

Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., Hartman, P., Alcott, A., & Legare, C. H. (2015, March). Putting the pieces together: A cross-cultural examination of caregiver-child interaction during a problem- solving task. Paper presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA.

Legare, C. H., & Wen, N. J. (2014, October). Rituals increase children’s affiliation with in-group members. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), Columbus, Ohio. 

Legare, C. H., Herrmann, P. A., Wen, N. J., & Cullum, K. A. (2013, April). Stick to the script: Young children expect imitative rigidity in ritual learning. Paper presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Seattle, WA. 

Poster Presentations

Wen, N.J.,Watson-Jones, R.E., Do, Q.A., Nguyen, A.H., Gelman, S.A., & Legare, C.H. (2017, October).The effect of in-group rituals on the perceived instrumental function of tools. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Portland, OR.

Wen, N. J., Watson-Jones, R. E., Cardenas, C. M., Legare, C. H., & Gelman, S. A. (2016, June). The effect of ritual on instrumental tool use. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP), Austin, TX.

Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., & Legare, C. H. (2016, June). Intelligence is in the eye of the beholder: Cultural variation in adults’ beliefs about children’s competency and conformity. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP), Austin, TX.

Wen, N. J., Clegg, J. M., Tsao, A., & Legare, C. H. (2015, May). Developmental differences in expectations for children’s conformity in a Non-Western population. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), New York, NY.

Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., Legare, C. H., Hartman, P., & Alcott, A. (2015, May). A cross-cultural examination of caregiver-child interaction during a problem-solving task. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), New York, NY.

Wen, N. J., Clegg, J. M., Tsao, A., & Legare, C. H. (2015, March). Developmental differences in expectations for children’s conformity in a Non-Western population. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA.

Hartman, P. E., Clegg, J. M., Wen, N. J., & Legare, C. H. (2014, March). Putting the pieces together: A cross-cultural examination of caregiver-child interaction during a problem- solving task. Poster presented at the 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD), Austin, TX.

Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Legare, C. H. (2013, October). Do like I do, be like I am: Rituals foster group cohesion in early childhood. Poster presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Memphis, TN.

Legare, C. H., Whitehouse, H., Wen, N. J., & Segraves, J. (2011, October). The cognitive developmental underpinnings of ritual. Poster presented at the 2011 Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Philadelphia, PA. 


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