PhD Student

Shen Cao

PhD Student

Phone: +31 (0)20 59 82710
Room: C569


Before starting my PhD project, I graduated from the Faculty of Psychology at Southwest University, China (M.Ed.,2019). My previous work mainly focused on personality. For example, the structure and function of consideration of future consequence; the interactions among hostile attribution, angry rumination and aggression. Both survey-based analysis and neuroimaging technique are the tools I used to use. From July 2019 to June 2020, I worked as an Assistance Research Fellow at Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University.

I started with the PhD project regarding cognitive biases in processing conspiracy theories in November 2020, under the supervision of Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen and Prof. dr. Mark van Vugt. The project is funded by China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Research Interests

  • Conspiracy theory
  • Cognitive bias