joel eduardo martinez

ph.d. candidate, psychology & social policy
princeton university
department of psychology
woodrow wilson school of public and international affairs
curriculum vitae

very broadly, my research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms underlying social perception and interactions. i also blog and gather resources for varying topics (statistics, programming, social justice).

social perception lab
paluck lab


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current projects

representation and learning of social identities
dynamics of person perception using insights from computational methods and memory processes in the context of social interactions and learning. specific focus on the cognitive organization of identities and how they flexibly shift with time, context, group membership, social affiliations and how they may inform social problems (e.g., anti-immigrant discourse, racism, prejudice, stereotyping).

intersubjectivity in evaluations
development of statistical methods to quantify the idiosyncrasy or sharedness of evaluations across rater demographics (group membership), stimuli (faces, novel objects, social groups and situations), and political contexts as a way to map and change cognitive frameworks that drive shared understanding.

men who have sex with men’s sexual and health behavior in its social context
mapping the socio-moral judgments of those who take truvada (aka PrEP, a daily pre-exposure prophylaxis pill for h.i.v. prevention) in relation to sexual behavior (e.g., “promiscuity”) and how truvada itself is conceptualized in medical and political terms as means for improving PrEP uptake.

other areas of interest

society: critical theories: {race, class, queer, feminism, postmodernism}, immigrants, citizenship, social movements, identitarian politics, social discourse.
cognition: memory, representation, decision making, executive functions, development.
philosophy: subjectivity, phenomenology, social constructionism, essentialism.
 mixed effect modeling, variance decomposition, measurement.