Jiaying Zhao, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair (t2)

The first unconditional cash transfer project in Vancouver!

The New Leaf Society and my lab are excited to announce that we are starting the very first unconditional cash transfer project to recently homeless individuals in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (June 2017)



New graduate student

Rumi Naito is joining the lab as a new PhD student starting September 2017! (May 2017)



Alex's new paper on recycling and composting is out!

Media reports on Alex's new paper demonstrating how convenience improves recycling and composting behavior in high-rise multi-family buildings. (April 2017)



VSS 2016

Brandon Tomm, Ru Qi Yu, and Yu Luo presented their work at the 2016 Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting. (May 2016)


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New graduate students

Katherine (Rae) Cramer and Yu Luo are joining the lab as new graduate students! (Apr. 2016)



Every day should be Earth Day

Media reports about our work on recycling and water conservation from UBC, CBC, CBC Radio, Radio Canada International, and Roundhouse Radio. (Apr. 2016)



Real-time energy display launched!

We are launching a real-time energy display project in 15 academic and residential buildings on UBC campus. You can select any building on the first page and see what the display looks like: www.ubc-realtime-energy.com. The goal of this project is to see how real-time energy consumption information influences actual energy consumption behaviors of the inhabitants in the building. For more information about the display, please click here. (Mar. 2016)


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Droppler: A water conservation device

Based on our research, Nascent Objects have developed a modular device called Droppler that listens to water sounds in the environment and offers visual feedback of water use in real time, in order to reduce water consumption. Here is more information about the device: UBC Psychology, Crowdfund Insider, Live Science, and Co.Exist. (Jan. 2016)


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Sorting game launched!

We have launched an online sorting game to train people on how to sort their waste correctly based on UBC sorting policies. The goal of this project is to see whether this game improves actual recycling and composting rates on campus. Click here to play the game. (Jan. 2016)


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A new space to bridge ideas

Our new Behavioral Sustainability Lab has finally finished its renovation and can proudly serve students from Psychology Department and IRES, featured as the lab of the month. (Dec. 2015)


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Congratulations to Ru Qi Yu!

Congrats to Ru for winning the NSERC graduate fellowship! (Dec. 2015)



Canopy walk

Hopping through trees with the lab in the UBC Botanic Garden. (July 2015)


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Congratulations to Alejandra Echeverri!

Congrats to Ale for winning the Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship! She was ranked the first out of the only two fellowships awarded. (July 2015)



Congratulations to Ru Qi Yu!

Congrats to Ru for winning the Elizabeth Young Lacey Scholarship in Psychology! (July 2015)



CAG 2015

Alejandra Echeverri presented her talk on how messaging shapes attitudes towards sea otters as a species at risk at the Annual Meeting of Canadian Association of Geographers. (June 2015)


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VSS 2015

Ru Qi Yu and Yu Luo presented their posters at the 2015 Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting. Click on the images below for reprints of their posters. (May 2015)


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PURC 2015

At the 17th Annual Psychology Undergrad Research Conference at UBC, Ruzzelle Gasmen presented her talk on how environmental perceptions shape subjective well-being, Yu Wang presented her poster on the cognitive biases in the perception of climate change, and Desmond Fung presented his poster on how scarcity tunes attention. (Mar. 2015)


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New graduate students

Brandon Tomm and Ru Qi Yu are joining the lab as new graduate students in the Department of Psychology! (Feb. 2015)



Project Happiness

We are launching the Happiness Project at UBC! This project investigates how the immediate physical environment shpaes subjective well-being. Please visit our study website for more info. (Sept. 2014)


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Congratulations to Sumeyye Cakal!

Congrats to Sumeyye for winning the Robert Sommer Award for best student paper awarded by the Canadian Psychological Association! Check out her poster here. (June 2014)



VSS 2014

Sumeyye Cakal presented her talk on how statistical regularities shape object perception, Yu Luo presented his talk on how regularities alter the spatial scale of attention, and Ru Qi Yu presented his poster on the persistent attentional bias to regularities, at the 14th Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, in St. Pete Beach, Florida. (May 2014)


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An outing after the first lab meeting

My awesome lab in the Rose Garden at UBC (Apr. 2014)


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Congratulations to Sumeyye Cakal!

Congrats to Sumeyye for winning the Student Engagement Award from the PSA! (Apr. 2014)




Congratulations to Elizabeth Williams

Congrats to Liz for winning the Master's Student Fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council! (Mar. 2014)




Presentations by Sumeyye Cakal and Yu Luo

Sumeyye Cakal and Yu Luo presented their posters at the 16th Annual Psychology Undergrad Research Conference at UBC. (Mar. 2014)


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Congratulations to Ru Qi Yu!

Congrats to Ru for winning the Psychology Summer Research Assistanship in 2014! (Feb. 2014)




Congratulations to Sumeyye Cakal

Congrats to Sumeyye for winning the Quinn Travel Award in 2014! (Feb. 2014)




First lab dinner

My wonderful students and RAs, many more not included in the photo (Feb. 2014)


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Recruitment

My lab is now recruiting postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research assistants. Please contact me if interested (jiayingz@psych.ubc.ca).