Principal Investigator

Liane Young (email) (website)
B.A. Philosophy, Harvard College, 2004
Ph.D. Psychology, Harvard University, 2008
CV: here

Lab Manager

Emily Wasserman (email)
Emily received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Pomona College in 2015, with her thesis on bilingualism and executive function in young adults. Current interests and projects involve: functional connectivity and multivariate analysis of fMRI data; using representational similarity analysis to find where factors affecting moral judgments are encoded across the brain; the effects of metacognition & awareness within social/moral cognition; moral judgments across self and others.

Graduate Students

James Dungan (email)
James studies the cognitive and neural basis of distinct moral domains; specifically, morals targeting one’s self versus another. He is also interested in the tensions between these domains and their concurrent emotional signatures. His research combines methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience. He received his B.S. from MIT, and is currently a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Boston College.
Jordan Theriault (email)
Jordan uses fMRI methods to investigate how people understand moral objectivity, as well as sacred values that are particularly central to our moral beliefs. He is also interested in the dynamics of mind perception during interpersonal interactions. He received his B.Sc.H from Queen’s University in 2010 and is currently a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Boston College.
Lily Tsoi (email) (website)
Lily studies the role of brain regions for theory of mind in moral judgment and is primarily interested in the specific computations these neural substrates support (e.g., representing an act as intentional versus accidental). She received her B.A. in neuroscience from Wellesley College in 2011 and is currently a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Boston College.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Maisey Horn
B.S. Psychology, 2017 (Expected)
Research Interests: TBD
Nicole Kim
B.S. Psychology, 2020 (expected)
Research Interests: moral decision-making in criminal psychopathy, effects of brain damage on moral judgments
Katie Laurila
B.A. Psychology & German, 2018 (expected)
Research Interests: morality, language, & linguistics
Brielle Scuteri
B.S. Psychology, 2018 (expected)
Research Interests: correlations between religious belief and morality

Postdoctoral Researcher Alumni

Alek Chakroff – [website] [email]
Brendan Gaesser – Assistant professor at SUNY Albany [website]
Larisa Heiphetz – Assistant professor at Columbia University [website]

Graduate Student Alumni

Laura Niemi – Postdoctoral associate in Dr. Steven Pinker’s lab at Harvard University [website]
Joshua Rottman – Assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College [website]

Lab Manager Alumnae

Amelia Brown (2013-2015)
Lily Tsoi (2011-2013)

Thesis Student Alumni

Jin Choi (2014-2016)
Anita Kwashie (2013 – 2015, currently a Research Assistant with Helen Tager-Flusberg; also a Research Assistant with David Dodell-Feder)
Natalie Blahunka (2012 – 2014)
Lauren Anderson (2012 – 2014)
Mike Stepanovic (2012 – 2013)
Elizabeth Blevins (2012 – 2013)
Gabby Lewine (2011 – 2013)
Abby Stemper (2011 – 2012)
Danny Baush (2011 – 2012)

RAs and Affiliate Alumni

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