Lois Li


Jieming (Lois) Li received her B.S. in (Social) Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience from Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently pursuing an M.S. degree in Psychological Science and working with Dr. Sean Laurent in the Morality and Social Cognition Lab. 

Research Interests

  • Moral and immoral cognition
  • Character perception, judgment, blame, and punishment
  • Social cognition
  • Racial and gender stereotypes
  • Self-affirmations

Research Description

Lois is interested in the psychology of social justice. Previously, she had been working on stereotypes, gender identities, and applications of self-affirmations to mitigate stereotype threats in novel social domains (e.g., recycling).

Currently, her research centers on how justice manifests in moral cognition. Specifically, how do we use cues to infer someone's characters, and how may these cues influence moral judgments and punitive intentions from others? How do we assign blame or praise to various kinds of behaviors differentially based on whether we perceive someone as a "good" or "bad" person? Additionally, do we perceive morality differently based on gender or gender cues? Do we only perceive gender differences in certain situations or moral domains?

Broadly speaking, the questions and topics that Lois is passionate about come down to perception and promotion of social justice.


Carnegie Mellon University (B.S.)