Dr. Beer is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She is affiliated with the Psychology Department (Social & Personality Area, Cognitive Systems Area, Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience Research Group), the Imaging Research Center, and the Institute for Neuroscience.
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
taru (at) utexas.edu
I am interested in understanding how emotion and motivation colors information-processing and the neural systems that support this influence. My current research focuses on the neural basis of the effects of the motivation to see yourself in a positive light on early perceptions of stimuli.
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
gili.freedman (at) gmail.com
research interests involve studying
interpersonal interactions and the
emotions that are associated with them. Specifically, I am interested in
trying to understand the mechanisms responsible for behaviors in social
situations. I will be using multiple research methods (behavioral,
biological, and neuroimaging) to address these mechanism questions.
Jamil Palacios Bhanji
NIMH/NIH Training Fellow/UT Graduate Research Fellow
david.s.chester (at) gmail.com
was our fearless lab manager for the 2010-2011
academic year. He worked on several studies
involving social-cognitive biases. Dave is
currently in graduate school at the University of Kentucky's
Psychology Department in Nathan DeWall's
j.fetterolf (at) gmail. com
Janell was a lab manager in the lab at UT
Austin. In the lab, she worked on studies
examining emotion and information processing.
She is currently in graduate school at Rutgers
University in Laurie Rudman's lab.
Hani Freeman, PhD (CV)
Hani is currently a post doctoral researcher at the Lincoln Park Zoo. She is the project coordinator for Project ChimpCARE which focuses on improving the life of chimps in captivity. In the lab, she examined the biological correlates of risk-taking behavior using a combination of functional neuroimaging, hormones and genetics.
Nicole conducted her Master's level research in the lab while visiting us from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands (2009). Her project was an fMRI study that focused on the neural systems that support the influence of emotions on depth of information processing.
Mike Lombardo, PhD
ml437 (at) cam.ac.uk
Mike was a lab manager when the lab was at UC Davis. In the lab, he worked on projects examining self-perception bias and emotion-cognition interactions using neuroimaging and special population methodologies. He got his PhD at the University of Cambridge in Simon Baron-Cohen's lab and is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Cambridge. Mike's interests include social cognition and autism.
Pranj Mehta, PhD (CV)
Pranj was a post doctoral researcher in thelab (2007-2008). In the lab, he studied the neural mediators of the relation between testosterone and social decision-making. His current research focuses on the biological systems of power, status, and dominance. After pursing his interests with collaborators at Columbia University and Erasmus University, Pranj is now an Assistant Professor in the University of Oregon's Psychology Department.
Mirre conducted her Master's level research in the lab while visiting us from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (2005-2006). Her project examined the neural correlates of the affective and cognitive processes of prejudice. Currently, she is a graduate student at Erasmus University/Radboud University Nijmegen in the FC Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. Her research focuses on the neural systems involved in decision-making.