©2019 by Priya Sekhsaria

RESEARCH PROJECTS

FRIENDS FOR NEVER AFTER

An investigation into the phenomenon of friend breakups

Romantic breakups can hurt. But friend breakups can hurt too. What causes friends to decide to actively end their friendships? How do people deal with losing friends? Can friend breakups lead to one or more of the friends misattributing their feelings of friendship to be romantic ones? And where is the line between romantic and platonic relationships anyway?

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REMEMBER ME

Using memories to get over loneliness and grief

Losing people hurts. The ensuing loneliness hurts. Sometimes, all we want to do is go back to the precious moments we spent with those we loved and lost. My research focuses on how people can use memories of and from their loved ones to deal with loneliness and to alleviate the grief of losing them.

PUTTING IT ON THE TABLE

Strategies to enhance negotiation success

Through a close reading of ancient Greek philosophical texts and other strategies used in practice, I used psychological experiments to try and craft strategies that enhance negotiation success in domains ranging from close relationships to gun control policy.

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I KNOW WHAT YOU'LL THINK

Predicting Others' Predictions

How do people predict the ending of a movie? Or their feelings in a relationship? Or the movements in a stock market? My research uses fMRI readings to study what people pay attention to as they form predictions to be able to predict their predictions of movie endings and stock market movements. Peripheral to this research is the idea that the process of watching a movie is similar to investing in the market in terms of investment in characters and money, and predicting how the movie or stocks will move.

OTHER PROJECTS

Select Past Projects

1. Psychological interventions to mitigate the Indo-Pak conflict

2. The job flexibility-wage preferences as an explanation for the gender pay gap

3. Ponzi schemes in Indian stock exchanges

4. Policy interventions to reduce child marriage and dowry in rural India

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