beerutexas (at) gmail.com
Dr. Beer is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She is affiliated with the Psychology Department (Social & Personality Area, Cognitive Neuroscience Area), 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. We have discovered that motivation does not influence very low levels of visual processing and are now investigating the neural basis of how motivation influences the construal of social information.
ana (dot) rigney (at) gmail.com
I am interested in self-evaluation and how to improve accuracy through social cognition. Specifically, I research how thinking about others can attenuate overly positive self perceptions. I am also interested in the underlying neural mechanisms of self perceptions and which regions are recruited to correct for unrealistic evaluations.
jessica (dot) koski (at) utexas.edu
I am interested in the neural systems which mediate the effects of social factors such as status on social perception and social cognition. Additionally, I am interested in how interpersonal relationship dynamics contribute to social influence and decision-making. While in the lab, I will be collaborating on projects related to these topics as well as working on studies aimed at more deeply understanding the role of MPFC in social evaluation.
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.
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
gili.freedman (at) gmail.com
During her graduate training, Gili worked on a
number of projects focused on understanding
social rejection from the perspective of the
source. She was specifically interested in
trying to understand how people think about
social rejection, how they do it, and whether
they are doing it in a way that minimizes the
damage done to their targets and their own
reputations. She is currently a Visiting
Assistant Professor at Roanoke College.
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.
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.