Honors Fellowships

Catherine Mitchell

Mitchell, Katie - SquareName: Catherine Mitchell
Title of Project:
 Face the Strange: Cross-Cultural Differences in Facial Mimicry of Strangers
Advisor: Joanna Schug
Honors Department: Psychology

My research will examine whether the socio-ecological environment presented by America vs. Japan influences the way in which individuals respond to the emotions of strangers. It is important to understand the way culture can shape these kinds of interactions, especially responses that many studies have considered to be biologic and universal, in order to facilitate better cross-cultural negotiation and interaction.

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
Majors: Psychology
Future Plans: I plan to continue researching in graduate school, and explore the intersection of cross-cultural psychology and cognitive science. I am also minoring in computer science, and I would love to work in computational linguistics or artificial intelligence some day.
Hobbies: Painting, hiking, reading, learning about and playing with cats (volunteering 1-2x a week at Heritage Humane Society!)
Fun Fact: I’m fluent in German and spent last summer researching at RWTH Aachen University.


Follow Catherine’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!