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Chaolan Lin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. She works with Dr. Adena Schachner who directs the Mind and Development LabShe explores how humans perceive musical robots, with a particular interest in mind perception. She also studies children's understanding of technology.


Current Area of Emphasis (also in training)

Social Cognition, Cognitive Development, Mind Perception, Human-Robot Interaction 


  • Lin, C., Šabanović, S., Dombrowski, L., Miller, A. D., Brady, E., & MacDorman, K. F. (2021). Parental Acceptance of Children’s Storytelling Robots: A Projection of the Uncanny Valley of AI. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8, 49.

  • Lin, C., Faas, T., & Brady, E. (2017, October). Exploring affection-oriented virtual pet game design strategies in VR attachment, motivations and expectations of users of pet games. In Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), 2017 Seventh International Conference on (pp. 362-369). IEEE.

  • Lin, C., Faas, T., Dombrowski, L., & Brady, E. (2017, November). Beyond cute: exploring user types and design opportunities of virtual reality pet games. In Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (p. 1). ACM.


  • Lin, C., MacDorman, K., Šabanović, S., Miller, A. & Brady, E. (2020, March). Parental Expectations, Concerns, and Acceptance of Storytelling Robots for Children. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 346-348). ACM.

  • Jig, K., & Lin, C. (2018, March). Itchy, Scratchy: A Musical Robot for Low-Income Kid's Piano Practicing. In Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 347-348). ACM.

  • Faas, T., & Lin, C. (2017, May). Self-Directed Learning in Teacher-Lead Minecraft Classrooms. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2569-2575). ACM.


Teaching Assistant​​

  • COGS 102A Cognitive Perspectives, 22' Fall

  • COGS 102C Cognitive Design, 22' Spring

  • COGS 10 Cognitive Consequences of Technology, 22' Winter

  • COGS 14B Intro. to Statistical Analysis, 21' Summer

  • COGS 187A Usability and Information Architecture, 20' Summer, Fall, 21' Summer

  • DSGN 100 Prototyping, 21' Winter

  • COGS 107A Neuroanatomy and Physiology, 20' Summer

  • COGS 119 Programming for Experimental Research, 19' Spring, Fall

  • COSG 100 Cyborgs Now and in the Future, 19' Summer

  • COGS 14A Intro. to Research Methods, 19' Summer

  • COGS 13 Field Methods: Studying Cognitive in the Wild, 19' Winter