Yang is broadly interested in how humans reason about emotion or affect, a research domain called Affective Cognition. She investigates affective cognition in humans from infancy to adulthood and uses interdisciplinary approaches, including behavioral experiments, exploratory play, eye-tracking, and computational modeling.
Yang is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She received her postdoctoral training at Stanford University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at MIT in 2018 and her B.S. in Psychology at Peking University in 2012.
Yang is accepting graduate students.