jdecetyJean Decety

Jean Decety (Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University Claude Bernard, France) is Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago and the College. He is the Director of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab and the Child Neurosuite. His research relies on multilevel analyses and interdisciplinary perspectives. Jean highly values teaching as it encourages to think about the long road, and find meaningful links with other disciplines such as economics, education, mental health, sociology and political science.

email: decety [AT]
For a list of Dr. Decety’s courses

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]

saralSara Lee

Sara Lee received a B.A in Environmental Sciences and completed a sub-major program in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Tokyo, where she has had the opportunity to experiment with the use of songbirds to examine physiological resonance and empathic processes. Additionally, She has worked as a trainee at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute. Sara is interested in neural mechanisms associated with empathy, development of moral behavior, and political violence.

email: soohyun1995 [AT]

mwakelyMarisa Wakely

Marisa Wakely received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from George Mason University. As an undergraduate she pursued research on impulsivity, and completed an honors thesis studying the effects of sleep deprivation on binge-eating. After her undergraduate studies, Marisa received a Master of Arts degree in the Social Sciences with a concentration in psychology at the University of Chicago, studying how individuals’ moral and financial status influences how they are perceived by others. Marisa joined the SCNL team as the Lab Manager.

email: mwakely [AT]

cworkmanCliff Workman

Cliff Workman received his Ph.D. (Medicine) from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) where he investigated the relationship of moral cognition and emotions to the physiopathology of major depression. Before, he completed a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he worked on studies of clinical, cognitive, and social functioning. After college, Cliff worked at Johns Hopkins University on neuroimaging studies of psychiatric disorders. He joined the SCNL in 2016 as a post-doctoral scholar to investigate the neurobiological and social bases of susceptibility to persuasion with terrorist propaganda.

email: cliffworkman [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. Currently, he is using functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging to investigate socioemotional processing abnormalities associated with psythopathic traits in incarcerated females. Keith is also interested in using neuroeconomics and neurolaw to inform social policy and criminal justice.

email: kjyoder [AT]

Undergraduate students

Hanna Czeladko

Second year at the College

Majoring in neuroscience & pre-med


Angela Fung

Second year at the College

Majoring in neuroscience


Emma Hovanec

Third year at the College

Majoring in public policy & pre-med


Isabella Levy

Fourth year at the College

Majoring in psychology & pre-med


Mint Poonpatanapricha

Second year at the College

Majoring in psychology & pre-med


Medha Reddy

Second year at the College

Majoring in neuroscience & pre-med