People

jdecetyJean Decety

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

email: decety [AT] uchicago.edu
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] uchicago.edu

 

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] uchicago.edu

 

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] uchicago.edu

 

kyoderKeith Yoder

Keith Yoder is a fifth-year doctoral student in Integrative Neuroscience. He received a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University. There, he worked with EEG and gaze-tracking 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, diffusion tensor imaging, high-density EEG, and psychophysiology to investigate the neural underpinnings of moral cognition, motivation for justice, as well as social-decision making. Keith is also interested in using neuroeconomics and neurolaw to inform social policy and criminal justice.

email: kjyoder [AT] uchicago.edu

 

Undergraduate students

Kelly Collins

First year at the College

Majoring in comparative human development and psychology

 

Elisabeth Davis

Fourth year at the College

Majoring in biology and psychology (pre-med)

 

Xanthe Gallate

Fourth year at the College

Majoring in psychology (pre-med)

 

Megan High

Fourth year at the College

Majoring in biology and Spanish (pre-med)

 

Isabella Levy

Third year at the College

Majoring in psychology (pre-med)

 

Zhenni Lin

Fourth year at the College

Majoring in English and psychology

 

Medha Reddy

First year at the College

Majoring in neuroscience

 

Sophie Rogers

First year at the College

Majoring in neuroscience

 

Dagny Vaughn

Third year at the College

Majoring in psychology (pre-med)