jdecetyJean Decety

Jean Decety (Ph.D. in Neurobiology, University Claude Bernard, France) is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago and the College. Dr. Decety is the director of the Brain Research Imaging Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center, the head of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, and director of the Child NeuroSuite. He recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (2011), Empathy from Bench to Bedside (2012), and The Moral Brain: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (2015), both at the MIT Press.


Post doctoral scholars and graduate students

armentaMika Armenta

Prior joining the Integrative Neuroscience graduate program, Mika completed a B.A. in psychology and international studies at the University of New Mexico where she investigated the effects of cognitive-behavioral training and non-invasive brain stimulation on cognitive/affective processes. She has also worked on studies of human performance and visual cognition at Sandia National Laboratories. Mika is interested in understanding the ultimate causes and proximate mechanisms underlying revenge and forgiveness. She values an approach that integrates evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics to understand group social processes.
email: armenta [AT]


elizabethhElizabeth Huppert

Elizabeth Huppert received a B.A. in psychology and classics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She then completed a M.A. degree at the University of Chicago, studying the effects of scarcity on moral judgment and behavior in adults. Now Elizabeth is examining the impact of resource shortage on children’s moral cognition, prosocial behavior, and concern with reputation. Additionally, she is investigating social decision-making and distributive justice in a cross-cultural project combining behavioral economics and developmental psychology in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia.
email: ehuppert [AT]


jessicalJessica Linder

Jessica Linder received her B.A. in psychology and biology, with a cognitive neuroscience concentration, from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.  After college, Jessica worked as a behavioral interventionist for children and adults with developmental disabilities. She then returned to academia, and completed an M.A. degree at the University of Chicago, studying act-person dissociations, and moral judgments of guilt and character in the presence of over-justification. Jessica is also currently pursuing research on actor-target asymmetries related to discretion and prosociality. She will be joining the SCNL team in September 2017 as the Lab Manager.
email: jnlinder [AT]


kyoderKeith Yoder

Keith Yoder received his Ph.D. (Psychology) from the University of Chicago where he used behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience to investigate justice sensitivity. He received a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University while working with EEG in the Laboratory for the Neuroscience of Autism. Keith joined the SCNL in 2010 and received a M.A. in Social Science the following year. He uses functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and high-density EEG to investigate ways in which the brain supports moral cognition and social decision-making in children and adults.
email: kjyoder [AT]


Undergraduate students

Angela Fung

Second year at the College

Majoring in neuroscience


Emma Hovanec

Second year at the College

Majoring in public policy


Isabella Levy

Third year at the College

Majoring in psychology (pre-med)

Mint Poonpatanapricha

First year at the College

Majoring in psychology


Medha Reddy

First year at the College

Majoring in neuroscience