Hyunjin Song, Ph.D.


Ph.D. University of Michigan
B.A. Yonsei University, Korea


Dr. Hyunjin Song is a social cognitive psychologist interested in connecting broad areas of psychology including social psychology, cognition and perception, consumer psychology, and organizational psychology. Her research focuses on people’s cognitive and perceptual biases: how subtle feelings such as good mood and feeling of ease leads to biases in risk judgment, time estimation, and color judgment. Her research was published in journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Perspectives in Psychological Science. She is also enthusiastic about connecting theological questions to psychology and enjoys discussing them with students. In addition to basic psychology, she is also interested in applying this knowledge to business practices. She is an artist who enjoys mixed-media painting and drawing. She likes to illustrate fashion figures and characters.


Soliman, T., Johnson, K. A., & Song, H. (2015). It’s not “all in your head”: Understanding religion from an embodied cognition perspective. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 10(6), 852-864.

Song, H., & Vonasch, A., Meier, B. P., & Bargh, J. A. (2012). Brighten up: Smiles facilitate perceptual judgment of facial lightness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 450-452.

Huang, J., Song, H., & Bargh, J. A. (2011). Smooth trajectories travel further into the future: Fluency effect on prediction of future trends. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 506-508.

Garcia, S. M., Song, H., & Tesser, A.  (2010). Tainted recommendations: The social comparison bias. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 113(2), 97-101.

Bargh, J. A., Williams, L. E., Huang, J. Y., Song, H., & Ackerman, J. M. (2010). From the physical to the psychological: Mundane physical experiences influence social judgment and interpersonal behavior. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 267-268.

Song, H., & Schwarz, N. (2009). If it’s difficult to pronounce, it must be risky: Fluency, familiarity, and risk perception. Psychological Science, 20(2), 135-138.

Song, H., & Schwarz, N. (2008) If it’s hard to read, it’s hard to do: Processing fluency affects effort prediction and motivation. Psychological Science, 19(10), 986-988.

Song, H., & Schwarz, N. (2008). Fluency and the detection of misleading questions: Low processing fluency attenuates the Moses illusion. Social cognition, 26(6), 791-799.

Song, H., & Ybarra, O. (2008). But are you really happy?: The negativity effect in the inference of happiness and unhappiness, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30, 56-65.