Alin Coman


Department/Program: Department of Psychology & Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Office location: Peretsman-Scully Hall
Phone: 609.258.7465
Office Hours: Monday, 10:30-12

Profile:  I am a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, jointly appointed with Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Much of the work that we do in my lab focuses on the cognitive and social processes by which individuals influence one another's memories, and thus create shared representations of the past. From New Yorkers talking to one another about the September 11 events, to Princeton students listening to either Princeton or Yale students retrieving a commonly experience event, we find how the regularities of mnemonic alignment in interacting dyads reverberate at a collective level.

A native of Romania, I graduated with a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from New School for Social Research, The New School, in 2010, and spend two years as a postdoctoral research associate at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. I joined Princeton in 2012, where I happily reside with my wife. When I’m not thinking about ways to experimentally influence people’s memories in the lab, you might see me riding my bike or jogging on the towpath. I can’t guarantee, though, that I’m not thinking about influencing people’s memories.