Yuanyuan Jiang

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Faculty of Arts
Dr. Charlotte Johnston
Vanier Scholarship

Research Topic

Positive Illusory Biases in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Research Group

Parenting Lab

Research Description

Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a psychological condition involving inattentiveness and/or hyperactivity or impulsivity, appear to possess a Positive Illusory Bias (PIB) where they overestimate their abilities. This bias differs from the optimism of typically-developing children because it is more extreme, counter intuitive, and maladaptive. My research primarily investigates the specific mechanisms of this PIB.

What do you hope to accomplish with your research?

I would like to better understand the PIB in those with ADHD so as to learn how to reduce the negative influence of the PIB on the success of treatments for individuals with ADHD.

What has winning a major award meant to you?

I feel further encouraged in my academic, research, and extracurricular pursuits!

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

I have met amazing people in my department, throughout the university, and at Green College, a residential college at UBC that is focused on interdisciplinarity. Living and participating in this close-knit university community has truly enriched my experience of graduate life.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC provides a combination of exposure to research-conducive resources, top-notch researchers, and a fitting lab, which is greatly conducive to designing and carrying out research.


Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I am motivated to pursue graduate studies to challenge my intellect, aid in the advancement of knowledge in my field, and contribute to positive change in my community.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Be passionate about what you do, maintain an open mind, and work hard.