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Qi Wang’s research integrates developmental, cognitive, and sociocultural perspectives to examine the mechanisms responsible for the development of autobiographical memory. She has conducted extensive studies to examine how cultural variables sustain autobiographical memory by affecting information processing at the level of the individual and by shaping social practices of remembering between individuals (e.g., sharing memory narratives between parents and children). Her research has been frequently published in top psychology journals such as Cognition, Psychological Science, Child Development, and Developmental Psychology. Wang holds a BSc in Psychology from Peking University, China, and a PhD in Psychology from Harvard University.

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Journal Articles

Wang, Q. (in press). Earliest recollections of self and others in European American and Taiwanese young adults. Psychological Science.

Wang, Q. (in press). Developing emotion knowledge in cultural contexts. Target article for the Newsletter of the International Society for Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD), Spring 2006 issue.

Wang, Q., Hutt, R., Kulkofsky, S., McDermott, M., & Wei, R. (2006). Emotion situation knowledge and autobiographical memory in Chinese, immigrant Chinese, and European American 3-year-olds. Journal of Cognition and Development, 7, 1, 95-118.

Conway, M. A., Wang, Q., Hanyu, K., & Haque, S. (2005). A cross-cultural investigation of autobiographical memory: On the universality and cultural variation of the "Reminiscence Bump." Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36, 6, 739-749.

Fivush, R. & Wang, Q. (2005). Emotion talk in mother-child conversations of the shared past: The effects of culture, gender, and event valence. Journal of Cognition and Development, 6, 4,489-506.

Wang, Q. & Fivush, R. (2005). Mother-child conversations of emotionally salient events: Exploring the functions of emotional reminiscing in European American and Chinese Families. Social Development, 14, 3, 473-495.

Wang, Q. & Ross, M. (2005). What we remember and what we tell: Disentangling cultural effects on memory representations and memory narratives. Memory, 13, 6, 594-606.

Li, J. & Wang, Q. (2004). Perceptions of achievement and achieving peers in US and Chinese kindergartners. Social Development, 13, 3, 413-436.

Wang, Q. (2004). The emergence of cultural self-construct: Autobiographical memory and self-description in American and Chinese children. Developmental Psychology, 40, 1, 3-15.

Wang, Q. & Conway, M. A. (2004). The stories we keep: Autobiographical memory in American and Chinese middle-aged adults. Journal of Personality, 72, 5, 911-938.

Wang, Q., Conway, M. A., & Hou, Y. (2004). Infantile amnesia: A cross-cultural investigation. Cognitive Sciences, 1, 1,123-135.

Wang, Q. (2003). Emotion situation knowledge in American and Chinese preschool children and adults. Cognition & Emotion, 17, 5, 725-746.

 Wang, Q. (2003). Infantile amnesia reconsidered: A cross-cultural analysis. Memory, 11, 1, 65-80.

Wang, Q. & Li, J. (2003). Chinese children’s self-concept in the domains of learning and social relations. Psychology In The Schools, 40, 1, 85-101.

Wang, Q. & Brockmeier, J. (2002). Autobiographical remembering as cultural practice: Understanding the interplay between memory, self and culture. Culture & Psychology, 8, 45-64.

Wang, Q. (2001). Cultural effects on adults' earliest childhood recollection and self-description: Implications for the relation between memory and the self. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 2, 220-233.

Wang, Q. (2001). "Did you have fun?": American and Chinese mother-child conversations about shared emotional experiences. Cognitive Development, 16, 693-715.

Wang, Q. & Leichtman, M. D. (2000). Same beginnings, different stories: A comparison of American and Chinese children’s narratives. Child Development, 71, 5, 1329-1346.

Wang, Q., Leichtman, M. D., & Davies, K. I. (2000). Sharing memories and telling stories: American and Chinese mothers and their 3-year-olds. Memory, 8, 3, 159-177.

Leichtman, M. D., Pillemer, D. B., Wang, Q., Koreishi, A. & Han, J. J. (2000). When Baby Maisy came to school: Mothers' interview styles and preschoolers’ event memories. Cognitive Development, 15, 1, 99-114.

Han, J. J., Leichtman, M. D. & Wang, Q. (1998). Autobiographical memory in Korean, Chinese, and American children. Developmental Psychology, 34, 4, 701-713.

Wang, Q., Leichtman, M. D., & White, S. H. (1998). Childhood memory and self-description in young Chinese adults: The impact of growing up an only child. Cognition, 69, 1, 73-103.



 Wang, Q. & Ross, M. (in press). Culture and memory. In H. Kitayama & D. Cohen (Eds.), Handbook of Cultural Psychology. New York, NY: Guilford Publications.

Chae, Y., Kulkofsky, S., & Wang, Q. (in press). What happened in our Pizza Game? Memory of a staged event in Korean and European American preschoolers. Progress in Cognitive Psychology. (Author names are in alphabetical order.)

Kulkofsky, S. & Wang, Q. (in press). The role of modesty in the East Asian self and implications for cognition. Focus on Cognitive Psychology. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Gur-Yaish, N. & Wang, Q. (in press). Self-knowledge in cultural contexts: The case of two Western cultures. In F. Columbus (Ed.), The concept of self in psychology. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Wang, Q. & Conway, M. A. (in press). Autobiographical memory, self, & culture. In L-G. Nilsson & N. Ohta (Eds.), Memory and society: Psychological perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wang, Q. & Chowdhary, N. (2006). The self. In K. Pawlik & G. d'Ydewalle (Eds.), International conceptual history of psychology. International Union of Psychological Science. UK: Psychology Press.

Leichtman, M. D. & Wang, Q. (2005). Autobiographical memory in the developmental niche: A cross-cultural perspective. In C. Tamis-Lemonda & B. Homer (Eds.), The development of social cognition and communication.

Leichtman, M. D. & Wang, Q. (2005). A Socio-historical perspective on autobiographical memory. In D. B. Pillemer & S. H. White (Eds.), Developmental psychology and social change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wang, Q. (2004). The cultural context of parent-child reminiscing: A functional analysis. In M. W. Pratt & B. Fiese (Eds.), Family stories and the life course: Across time and generations (pp. 279-301). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Wang, Q., Ceci, S. J., Williams, W. M. & Kopko, K. A. (2004). Culturally situated cognitive competence: A functional framework. In R. Sternberg & E. L. Grigorenko (Eds.), Culture and competence (pp. 225-249). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Leichtman, M. D., Wang, Q., & Pillemer, D. B. (2003). Cultural variations in interdependence and autobiographical memory: Lessons from Korea, China and India. In R. Fivush & C. A. Haden (Eds.), Autobiographical memory and the construction of a narrative self: Developmental and cultural perspectives (pp. 73-98). Mahwah, NJ: Laurence Erlbaum Associates.

Wang, Q. & Spillane, E. L. (2003). Developing autobiographical memory in the cultural contexts of parent-child reminiscing. Advances in Psychology Research, 21, 3-18.

Reprinted in S. P. Shohov (Ed.), Topics in cognitive psychology (pp. 101-116). New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2003.

Wang, Q. & Hsueh, Y. (2000). Parent-child interdependence in Chinese families: Change and continuity. In C. Violato, E. Oddone-Paolucci, & M. Genuis (Eds.), The changing family and child development (pp. 60-69). Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.


Conference proceeding

 Yang, H., Yang, S, Ceci, S., & Wang, Q. (2005). Effects of bilinguals' controlled-attention on working memory and recognition. In Cohen, J., McAlister, K., Rolstad, K., & MacSwan, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Brockmeier, J. & Wang, Q. (2002). Where does my past begin?: Lessons from recent cross-cultural studies of autobiographical memory. In A. L. Smolka (Ed.), Proceedings of the III Conference for Sociocultural Research. Campinas/São Paulo, 2000.