Chujun Lin, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychology, Dartmouth College




I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Social Computation Representation And Prediction Laboratory (SCRAP Lab) at Dartmouth College, working with Prof Mark Allen Thornton. Before joining Dartmouth College, I worked with Prof Ralph Adolphs in the Emotion and Social Cognition Lab at the California Institute of Technology, where I earned my Ph.D. degree in social science in 2019. 

My research focuses on how people form impressions of others, in particular, impressions regarding others' relatively stable traits, such as personality. What are the psychological mechanisms (e.g., origins, dimensions, dynamics)? How do trait inferences interact with other psychological processes (e.g., understanding mental states, predicting actions)? What are the behavioral consequences in the real world (e.g., in politics, law, media)?


To answer these questions, I combine computational methods (predictive modeling, deep learning algorithms), social psychology (laboratory experiments, cross-cultural studies), and real-world metrics (e.g., political corruption records, social media popularity). I apply these methods to understand impressions of others formed from a wide range of stimuli, including text descriptions, face images, naturalistic videos, and face-to-face interactions. 

I am enthusiastic about open science. I have been pre-registering my studies, sharing experiment data and code on Open Science Framework. 




Lin, C., Keles, U., Thornton, M. A., & Adolphs, R. (accepted in principle, registered report).Trait impressions from faces shape mental state inferences. Nature Human Behaviour.

[Data & Code] [Stage 1 Protocol]

Cao, R., Lin, C., Li, X., Todorov, A., Brandmeir, N., & Wang, S. (2022). A neuronal social trait space for first impressions in the human amygdala and hippocampus. Molecular Psychiatry.



Cao, R., Lin, C., Brandmeir, N., & Wang, S. (2022). A human single-neuron dataset for face perception. Scientific Data.


Yu, H., Cao, R., Lin, C., & Wang, S. (2022). Distinct neurocognitive bases for social trait judgments of faces in autism spectrum disorder. Translational Psychiatry.


Keles, U., Lin, C., & Adolphs, R. (2021). A cautionary note on predicting social judgments from faces with deep neural networks. Affective Science.

[Paper] [Data & Code]

Lin, C., Keles, U., & Adolphs, R. (2021). Four dimensions characterize comprehensive trait judgments of faces. Nature Communications.

[Paper] [Data & Code] [Preregistration]

Lin, C., Keles, U., Tyszka, J. M., Gallo, M., Paul, L., & Adolphs, R. (2020). No strong evidence that social network index is associated with gray matter volume from a datadriven investigation. Cortex, 125, 307-317.

[Paper] [Data & Code] [Preregistration]

Lin, C., & Alvarez, R. M. (2020). Personality Traits Are Directly Associated with AntiBlack Prejudice in the United States. PLoS ONE.

[Paper] [Data & Code]

Lin, C., Adolphs, R., & Michael Alvarez, R. (2018). Inferring whether officials are corruptible from looking at their faces. Psychological Science, 0956797618788882.

[Paper] [Data & Code] [Preregistration]

Lin, C., Adolphs, R., & Alvarez, R. M. (2017). Cultural effects on the association between election outcomes and face-based trait inferences. PLoS ONE, 12(7), e0180837.

[Paper] [Data & Code]

Preprints and Manuscripts under Review

Lin, C. & Thornton, M. (2021). Fooled by beautiful data: Visualization aesthetics bias trust in science,  news, and social media. PsyArXiv.

[Preprint] [Data & Code] [Preregistration]

Lin, C. & Thornton, M. (2021). Linking inferences of traits and mental states: evidence for bidirectional causationPsyArXiv.

[Preprint] [Data & Code] [Preregistration] [Video]

Cao, R., Wang, J., Lin, C., Todorov, A., Li, X., Brandmeir, N., & Wang, S. (2020). Feature-based encoding of face identity by single neurons in the human medial temporal lobe. bioRxiv.