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 Lea Armenta

Mika joined the SCNL and Integrative Neuroscience program in 2016. Prior to this, she 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 how social-cognitive processes interact with and in the larger social world. She values an approach that integrates fundamental understanding of the behavior-brain interface with group social processes.

email: armenta [AT] uchicago.edu

 

elizabethhElizabeth Huppert

Elizabeth Huppert joined the SCNL as lab manager in 2016 after receiving her M.A. degree from the University of Chicago. While completing her M.A. she studied the effects of scarcity on moral judgment and behavior. Now, Elizabeth is examining the impact of hunger on children’s moral cognition and prosocial behavior. Additionally, Elizabeth is working on a cross-cultural morality project and using a variety of neurological and psychophysiological methods in the SCNL. Prior to joining the lab, Elizabeth looked at consumer decision-making as a strategist at an advertising agency and received a B.A. in psychology and classics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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

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)