Joey Cheng

Assistant Professor

Research Description

Dr. Cheng’s research examines the psychological underpinnings of social hierarchy, overconfidence, and competition. She explores questions such as: How do people rise to influence in groups? What vocal signals do people use to communicate status? What causes people to become overconfident? What are the social costs and benefits to being competitive?

She will be reviewing graduate school applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to get in touch.


University of British Columbia

Recent Publications

Witkower, Z., Tracy, J. L., Cheng, J., & Henrich, J. (2019). Two Signals of Social Rank: Prestige and Dominance Are Associated With Distinct Nonverbal Displays. Journal of personality and social psychology.

Cheng, J., Kornienko, O., & Granger, D. A. (2018). Prestige in a large-scale social group predicts longitudinal changes in testosterone. Journal of personality and social psychology, 114(6), 924-944.

Redhead, D., Cheng, J., Driver, C., Foulsham, T., & O'Gorman, R. (Accepted/In press). On the dynamics of social hierarchy: A longitudinal investigation of the rise and fall of prestige, dominance, and social rank in naturalistic task groups. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Weidman, A. C., Cheng, J., & Tracy, J. L. (2018). The psychological structure of humility. Journal of personality and social psychology, 114(1), 153-178.

Baranski, E. N., Gardiner, G., Guillaume, E., Aveyard, M., Bastian, B., Bronin, I., ... Funder, D. C. (2017). Comparisons of Daily Behavior Across 21 Countries. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(3), 252-266.

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