ERICA BOOTHBY is a fifth year graduate student in the social psychology PhD program. She is interested in shared experience and social biases. Her research focuses on what happens when other people are on our minds. This interest has led her to study a variety of topics. How does the mere knowledge that someone else is doing the same thing at the same time you are change your own experience, even if you’re not communicating with each other? How much time do people spend observing and thinking about the people around them, and are we blind to how much other people watch and think about us? To what extent do the people we know cross our minds when we’re apart? How do we gauge whether other people are interested in getting to know us, and when do our intuitions lead us astray?