Wenhao Dai

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Contact Information

603 E Daniel St, 408
Research / Teaching assistant



Before coming to the social psychology department at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I earned a bachelor degree in Psychology and Communication from University of California, Davis.


Research Interests

Action and inaction; persuasion; compliance; priming effect

Research Description


Action and inaction

This project aims to understand how action and inaction experience alter our learned action or inaction norms. We are also interested in looking at how general action or inaction norms can shape the formation of specific action or inaction goals, as well as people’s evaluations of these goals.


Meta-analysis on multiple behavior

This meta-analysis aims to understand the effectiveness of multiple behavioral recommendation in eliciting behavioral change.


Meta-analysis on priming effect

This meta-analysis investigated the potential moderators in priming effects.


Sequential Exposure Bias

This project aims to understand how motivation influence the way people approach favorable and opposing information.

Compliance over time

This project aims to understand how compliance might increase after a time delay, due to the reduced reactance.




M.S. Social Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, 2018

A.B. Psychology and Communication, University of California Davis, Davis, California, 2016


Courses Taught

PSYC 201