Ah Ra Ko

Grad Teaching Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1104

Student Information

Graduate Student
Psychology
The College of Lib Arts & Sci

Biography

Ahra Ko is a social psychologist, working in the Neuberg Lab and Evolutionary Social Cognition (Kenrick - Neuberg - Becker) Lab under the guidance of Dr. Steven L. Neuberg. Her research focuses on the interplay between emotion, motivation, and social cognition. Her research explores (1) the function of happiness and meaning in life, (2) the science of mating motives and mate value, and (3) the role of fundamental social motives in social cognition. She has examined how happiness is closely intertwined with mating mechanisms, and why and how happiness judgments are made. 

Ko is a graduate of Yonsei University, where she received both her MA and BA degrees. She also studied as an exchange student at the University of California, San Diego where she received Provost Honors in 2013. 

Education

 

Yonsei University

2015 - 2017

 

University of California, San Diego

2013 

  • Exchange Student

  • Psychology and Cognitive Science

  • Provost Honors

 

Yonsei University

2011 - 2015

  • B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science

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Research Interests

My research focuses on the interplay between emotion, motivation, and social cognition. My research explores (1) the function of happiness and meaning in life, (2) the science of mating motives and mate value, and (3) the role of fundamental social motives in social cognition. I have examined how happiness is closely intertwined with mating mechanisms, and why and how happiness judgments are made. 

Publications

Ko, A., & Suh, E. M. (2018). Does physical attractiveness buy happiness? Women’s mating motivation and happiness. Motivation and Emotion. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-018-9717-z

Courses

Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology

Expertise Areas