OUR GOALS

Our lab aims to understand social cognitionwhat cognitive and neural processes let us learn from other humans, learn about other humans, and make choices involving other humans?  How do domain-general processes (reward-based reinforcement, valuation, habit, generalization) intersect with social processes (impression formation, empathy, morality, social identity)? 

Next, we aim to use these insights to characterize social behavior. How are patterns of social learning expressed in people's cooperation, affiliation, or social networks? How do they relate to people's social well-being? How are these behaviors shaped by social environments?

Finally, we are interested in applying these insights to better understand and impact societal challenges including economic inequality, intergroup relations, and environmental sustainability.

OUR METHODS

Our lab uses a multi-level approach to understand these phenomena across behavior, the mind, and the brain. We merge social psychological approaches and computational neuroscience approaches, including behavioral experiments, economic games, computational modeling, and neuroimaging. 

OUR WORK

More details on our work can be found below.

SOCIAL LEARNING

SOCIAL DECISIONS

SOCIAL IDENTITY