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How do newcomers influence decision-making?

My research is primarily concerned with the ways in which newcomers can influence groups. In my experiments, I ask questions such as:


Do groups with newcomers make better decisions compared to groups that do not have newcomers? 

Are newcomers who are higher in social status more likely to influence groups than newcomers who are lower in social status?

What characteristics of groups make them more likely to accept newcomers?


Variability in Perceptions of Status

Another topic I am interested in is how individuals perceive others' social status.


While some people may perceive even the smallest differences in social status, others may only perceive broader categories that are relevant to them.


I study how individual characteristics can shape this variability in perceptions of status. 

When are hierarchies helpful and when are they harmful?

Another question I explore in my research is whether and when hierarchy could be beneficial.

Does hierarchy affect casual conversations (e.g. small-talk) differently than professional conversations?

Could hierarchy make social interactions unpleasant, but lead to more successful decision-making in groups?

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