behavioral plasticity in humans

Humans are an extremely social animal, but little is known about how we adapt behavior to different social contexts toward maximizing group performance. How do we change our leadership and followership in response to others? How do we spontaneously balance divison of labor? I study behavioral plasticity in humans through virtual collaborative tasks and computer-programmed social agents.

behavior and life-history variation

Consistent individual differences in behavior are proposed to entail ecological and evolutionary consequences, but less is known in the wild. Using a fine-scale, long-term, whole-lake acoustic telemetry, I study individual differences in movement traits of free-ranging fish in response to environmental change and its correlation to life-history traits.

leadership and followership in collective movement

How does a group of animals make a collective decision when each member has a different opinion? What rules have been selected over the evolutionary time? Do some members have heavier weights on the vote than others? I study this intriguing question using pairs of stickleback fish.

symbolic interactionism

One may see a box as a stool. One may see you as a leader. Sociologist George Herbert Mead proposed that we see, interpret and act toward the world based on the tagged "meaning", which is a product of social processes. By separating the constantly-reshaping meaning from a phenotype, we will have a better understanding of the world.