Hello! I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience (Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience area). My primary affiliation is with the Motivated Cognition & Aging Brain Lab under the mentorship of Gregory Samanez-Larkin, Ph.D.
- Neural mechanisms of decision making (neuroeconomics)
- What brain circuits support valuation mechanisms?
- How do individual differences in dopamine neurotransmission affect how people weigh benefits and costs?
- Does dopamine shape spontaneous decisions outside the lab?
- What role does dopamine play in prosocial decisions and strategic social learning?
- How do neural circuits support context-specific behaviors in affiliative and competitive social environments?
- Can social decision making experiments shed light on transdiagnostic symptoms in dopamine-related psychopathologies?
- Competing models of decision making
- How and when do narratives shape economic and legal decisions?
- Can neuroimaging be used to distinguish contributions of utility and narrative-based processes in decision making?
- Which brain systems support the role of narrative in guiding choices?
- Consequences of personal and systemic bias in law and criminal justice
- How do jurors integrate personal biases in judgments about guilt or innocence?
- How do moral arguments shape Supreme Court decisions and outcomes?
- Can grassroots movements over social media predict prosecutorial charging decisions in police violence cases?
- Experiences with discrimination and power dynamics in the workplace
- What effect does personal experience with discrimination have on prosocial behavior and how people allocate resources?
- When given opportunities to make decisions from a position of power, how do people who have experienced discrimination use that power?
- How does systemic skin-tone bias manifest in academia, law, and medicine?
- What are the consequences of systemic skin-tone bias on power in academic institutions?
- Neuroimaging (fMRI, PET)
- Computational modeling
- Ecological momentary assessment
- Natural language processing
- Public data/tweet scraping
- Computer vision