If you are interested in participating in one of the studies conducted in the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, contact the lab manager. Studies with babies and young children are run through the Child Neurosuite.

Currently, we have several projects employing measures of brain anatomy, connectivity, functional magnetic resonance imaging, high-density EEG, eye-tracking, and behavioral economics.

All projects are approved by the University of Chicago IRB and participants are compensated for their time.

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Current projects

  • Justice motivation and social decision-making
  • Clinical empathy in medical students
  • The impact of hunger on prosocial and antisocial behaviors
  • The neuroscience of moral cognition
  • Socioemotional processing and moral judgment in psychopathy
  • Vulnerability to propaganda from terrorist groups


  • National Institute for Child Health and Human Development
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • US-Israel Binational Foundation
  • US Department of Defense
  • The John Templeton Foundation
  • The World Bank