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Dr Youyou Wu
24 Woburn Square
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  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
I am a social and personality psychologist. I received my BA in Psychology and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis (USA), and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. I was also a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern Institute of Complex Systems (NICO) at Northwestern University (USA), doing research in computational social science. I joined UCL in 2021. 
Research Summary

I study personality expression in the digital space, using computational methods like machine learning and natural language processing. I have shown that personalities inferred from people‚Äôs Facebook profiles are more accurate than judgements made by friends, roommates, family members, and romantic partners. 

As a psychologist of this generation, I am also drawn to metascience and methodology, and particularly reproducibility.I am interested in how we can best predict replication outcomes before anactual replication takes place. I am currently ranking the replicability of>10k Psychology publications in top-tier journals using machine learning,for scientists to prioritize manual replications of certain studies.

Teaching Summary
Personality and Individual Differences, BSc Psychology with Education

Advanced Quantitative Methods, MSc Developmental and Educational Psychology

Academic Background
2017   Psychology University of Cambridge
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