Assistant Professor
Beebe Hall, Room 102A
Ithaca, New York
Human Development


Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University, and the principal investigator of the Little Thinkers Lab. Before joining Cornell, she was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She obtained her B.S. at Zhejiang University in 2011, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017.

Lin is interested in studying children's early cognition about social groups. Specifically, one line of her work focuses on the cognitive mechanism, the developmental trajectory and the consequences of stereotypes about social groups. The other line of work focuses on infants’ and toddlers’ expectations of people’s obligations within and across social groups. 

 Bian, L., Leslie, S.-J., & Cimpian, A. (2018). Evidence of bias against girls and women in contexts that emphasize intellectual ability. American Psychologist

Bian, L., Sloane, S., & Baillargeon, R. (2018). Infants expect ingroup support to override fairness when resources are limited. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(11), 2705-2710. 

Bian, L., Cimpian, A., Leslie, S.-J., & Murphy, M. (2018). Messages about brilliance undermine women’s interest in educational and professional opportunities. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Bian, L., Leslie, S. J., & Cimpian, A. (2017). Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children's interests. Science, 355(6323), 389–391.