Principal Investigator

Jason Mitchell, Ph.D. [vita]
Jason employs functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral methods to study how we infer the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of others (i.e., how we mentalize) as well as how we reason about counterfactual experiences. He received his B.A. and M.S. degrees from Yale University in 1997 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003. He is currently Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows Joe Moran [website]
Joe studies the behavioral and neural correlates of social cognition in young and elderly participants; this is an exciting topic area where no clear understanding or consensus has emerged on just how or if social cognition becomes selectively impaired as we advance in age. He received his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, and completed previous post-doctoral training at MIT, where he studied social cognition in autism. He is currently a post-doctoral research associate at Harvard University. 


Sara Verosky [email]
Sara is interested in how we integrate visual and non-visual sources of social information to form rich representations of other people, and in how this knowledge guides social cognition. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and is currently a post-doctoral research associate at Harvard University. 

Graduate Students

Diana Tamir [website]
Diana is interested in how brains think for and about humans. She studies egocentric biases and the cognitive and neural mechanisms for escaping subjective experiences of the here and now. She received her Sc.B in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and is currently a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.


Mark Thornton [website]
Mark is interested in how people make accurate social inferences and take effective social action. He studies the relations between cognitive processes such as working memory and social processes such as mentalizing. He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 2011 and is currently a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.


Lab Manager Rita Ludwig [email]
Rita is interested in social influence. She studies the effects of social knowledge on morality and pre-conscious processes. She received her B.A. from New York University in 2009 and her M.A. from Columbia University in 2012. She is currently a lab manager and research assistant in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.


Former Lab Members

Juan Manuel Contreras [website]
Juan Manuel is currently a Decision Science Consultant at The Walt Disney Company. He studied how we process information about social groups as a graduate student at Harvard University. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.


Susana Carmona [email]
Susana studies the psychological and neural mechanisms whereby people construct the self-concept. She received her Ph.D. from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain) and was formerly a post-doctoral research associate at Harvard University.

Brandi Newell [email]
Brandi is interested in the neural bases of social and moral decision making. She studies how individuals' unconscious biases and propensities to put themselves in others' shoes, affect judgments and interactions. She recieved her B.A. from Wellesley College in 2008 and was formerly a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.


Eshin Jolly [email]
Eshin is currently a graduate student at Dartmouth College where he studies social perception and how we conceptualize what it means to be social. Specifically, he is interested in what cognitive computations we bring to bear on the ambiguous information available to us in order make predictions about sociality. He received his B.A. from the University of Rochester and was formerly a lab manager and research assistant at the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.


Jamil Zaki [website]
Jamil studies the relationships between social cognitive processes (such as mentalizing and affect sharing) and outcomes (such as interpersonal accuracy, conformity, and altruism) using behavioral and neuroscientific methods. He received his B.A. from Boston University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was formerly a post-doctoral research associate at Harvard University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.


Adam Waytz [website]
Adam is currently an assistant professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. He studies how people think about minds. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was formerly a post-doctoral research associate at Harvard University.

Dan Ames [email]
Dan is currently a graduate student at Princeton University, where he employs both neuroimaging and behavioral methods to study impression formation and the effects of social power on our perceptions of others. He hopes to one day own a Ph.D. and/or a tweed jacket (with elbow patches). He received his B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College where he studied the science of human understanding without the inconvenient presence of any actual human beings.

Dave Johnson [email]
Dave is currently a graduate student in the department of neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is interested in using behavioral and neuroimaging methodologies to explore the neural, psychological and developmental mechanisms associated with emotion and cognitive control. He received his B.A. in psychology from New York University, where he worked in the lab of Elizabeth Phelps.

Jess Schirmer [email]