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Chengyi Xu

Chengyi Xu

PhD student

Office Phone: (+44) 01223 334526


I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology with Highest Honours from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming to Cambridge, I pursued my Master's degree in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University.

Research Interests

I am currently a first-year PhD student supervised by Professor Claire Hughes. The key question motivating my research is how culture and important social contexts (e.g., parents, peers, and schools) interact to impact children's cognitive and social development. My PhD will examine cross-cultural contrasts in the development of executive function (EF) in late childhood and explore parenting as a mechanism through which socioeconomic status influences child EF skills.


child development ; social cognition ; executive function ; psychology

Key Publications


Xu, C., & Selman, R. L. (2016, April). The Case of the Bragging Math Whiz: How Cultural Norms Affect Chinese Youths’ Interpretations of Classmates’ Responses to Bullying. Poster presentation at the 16th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA).

Xu, C. (2015, April). The Bragging Math Whiz: How Chinese Adolescents Propose to Solve the Case. Panel presentation at the Harvard University Student Research Conference.

Xu, C., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2014, April). The Roles of Parents’ Warmth and Child-Based Worth in Adolescents’ Emotional Functioning: An Investigation in China and the United States. Poster presentation at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Psychology Honours Poster Session.