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Sayuri Hayakawa


Sayuri received a BA in psychology from Boston University. She worked with Dr. Catherine Caldwell-Harris to study bilingual biculturals and the impact of language on self-promotional strategies. She went on to get an MA in social sciences from the University of Chicago. Under the guidance of Dr. Boaz Keysar, she examined the effect of language on priming culturally congruent nonverbal behavior. She continued working in the Keysar lab as a research assistant until 2011, at which point she began her doctorate studies at the University of Chicago.

Research Interests

Sayuri is generally interested in how bilingualism and language affect cognition and behavior. Her current line of research with Dr. Keysar examines differences in processing a first vs. second language and the subsequent impact of using a foreign language on decision making.

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