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Susan Chen

Honours Student

“When I run over the frightful catalogue of my sins, I cannot believe that I am the same creature whose thoughts were once filled with sublime and transcendent visions of the beauty and the majesty of goodness.”

- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

My Story

I completed my Bachelor's at York University in 2019. My independent study and honours thesis examined the antecedents to awe experiences and the moderating role of trait awe on positive psychological-existential outcomes. My interests have since shifted to understanding the dark side of the human condition, specifically the developmental and evolutionary pathways to deviant behaviour. My interests extend to individual differences, emotion regulation, and self. Currently, I am a postbacc researcher at the LaMarsh Centre for Child & Youth Research and the Baumeister Research Lab. I am passionate about research and hope to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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