Wenhao Dai

Graduate Student

Email: wdai7@illinois.edu

Research Statement

I am interested in how perspective-taking and self-reflection can bring cognitive and behavioral improvement. Currently, my research addresses the role of actionability of persuasive messages in long-term persuasion (sleeper effect). I am also collaborating on a project about sequential exposure bias which studies the order in which people process congenial and non-congenial information. Before coming to the social psychology department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Communication from the University of California, Davis.


Dai, W., Palmer, R., Sunderrajan, A., Durantini, M., Sánchez, F., Glasman, L. R., Chen, F., & Albarracín, D. (in press). More behavioral recommendations produce more change: A meta-analysis of efficacy of multi-behavior recommendations to reduce non-medical substance use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Albarracín, D., Sunderrajan, A., Dai, W., & White, B. X. (2019). The social creation of action and inaction: From concepts to goals to behaviors. In J. M. Olson (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (vol. 60); advances in experimental social psychology (vol. 60) (pp. 223-271, Chapter vii, 271 Pages) Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Albarracín, D., Sunderrajan, A., Dai, W. (2018). Action, inaction, and actionability: Definitions and implications for communications and interventions to change behaviors. In R. A. Bevins & D. Hope (Eds.), Change and maintaining change. Nebraska Symposium on Motivation. Springer.

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