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Yaritza Perez

Yaritza Perez


Department Psychology
Faculty Adviser Joel Cooper
Year of Study G3
Undergraduate Institution University of Rochester
Undergraduate Major Psychology


Personal Bio I was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States (New York City) when I was one year old. I have always been interested in teaching, human behavior and interaction, and social change. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester. My focus was psychology, but I also did a minor concentration in brain and cognitive sciences. I worked in various labs, including: a baby lab, social psychology lab, marital research lab, and a family and teen research lab.
Fun Fact I like to learn random things. I have a wedding planning certificate and am working on interior designing.
Research Keywords Cognitive dissonance, attitude change
Research Pitch Broadly, I am interested in using dissonance based intervention methods to promote and encourage prosocial, healthy, and positive attitudes and behaviors. My current research is looking further into dissonance (broadly speaking- attitude change resulting from an effort to reduce the negative tension that comes from behaving in a way that goes against one's attitude or from holding incongruent attitudes) and vicarious dissonance (broadly speaking- attitude change that comes from observing an in-group member behave in a way that goes against their (and also your) attitudes), in order to create intervention methods suitable for different populations. In the future I intend to use my research to promote positive parenting behaviors in Hispanic and African American populations. I am also a part of the Woodrow Wilson School's Joint Degree Program in Social Policy.
Meet and Greet 10/12 Attendance TBA
Meet and Greet 10/13 Attendance TBA
Meet and Greet 10/17 Attendance TBA
Meal for Mentoring 11/14 Attendance TBA
Meal for Mentoring 11/15 Attendance TBA

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