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.
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 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 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.
Alek studies the conceptual structure underlying our moral intuitions. Presently, his research suggests that two domains of morality, “harm” and “purity,” may have evolved relatively independently, and differ from each other both in their conceptual content and in the target of moral judgment (e.g., keep oneself clean, but keep others from being harmed). Alek received his B.A. from Hampshire College (’06), and his PhD from Harvard University (’15).
Undergraduate Research Assistants
B.S. Psychology, 2017 (Expected)
Research Interests: TBD
B.A. Psychology, 2018 (expected)
Research Interests: Neural regions activated during social judgments/decisions in the context of morality
B.S. Psychology, 2017 (expected)
Research Interests: Factors in youth and adolescent mental health
B.S. Psychology, 2020 (expected)
Research Interests: moral decision-making in criminal psychopathy, effects of brain damage on moral judgments
Postdoctoral Researcher Alumni
Graduate Student Alumni
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)