Splash Biography

ZEHUA XU, UCLA Cognitive Science student and researcher

Major: Cognitive Science/Psychology

College/Employer: UCLA

Year of Graduation: 2023

Picture of Zehua Xu

Brief Biographical Sketch:


My name is Zehua (Zoey) Xu and I’m a cognitive science student and researcher aspiring to go to graduate school and to start/work in non-profits that bridge the gaps between law and psychology for new immigrants, international students, and people who are marginalized as political and ethic minorities.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, swimming, practicing martial arts, and watching comedies ( and “entertaining” my friends with my bad and not-so-bad puns and jokes)!

I had so fun experiences taking classes at UCLA, and is beyond excited to bring that experience to you, as well!

Yours truly,

Past Classes

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H254: Hidden Conditioning in Comedy in Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 23, 2022)
In this class, we will focus on Pavlovian (Classical) and Instrumental (Operant) Conditioning examples in comedy. Conditioning is hidden, but omnipotently everywhere! It is in Pavlov’s dogs when they salivate upon hearing the bell rings, predicting meat (Pavlovian). It is when Plankton salivates whenever he sees the Crabby burger (Pavlovian) and comes up with a million ways to steal the recipe (Instrumental). It is when Mr. Bean sees that specific pastel blue car that he decides to crash it or run over it (specific PIT). It is when walking to get veggie grill, I saw in-n-our and decided to get shakes and burgers instead (general PIT)… and much more! We will dive into the specifics of what conditioning is and how to recognize conditioning’s subtle yet powerful presence in everyday life and in the meantime crack some giggles by mastering it for our advantage!