Liane Young (email) (website)
B.A. Philosophy, Harvard College, 2004
Ph.D. Psychology, Harvard University, 2008
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.
Joshua Hirschfeld-Kroen (email)
Josh will receive his B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College in May 2017, and will be joining the lab starting June 2017. His interests include: mind perception and its extension to group-level entities and non-human entities; the neural basis of moral coherence processes in which descriptive beliefs concerning morally relevant features (e.g. intentionality, causality, harm) are reverse-engineered to cohere with desired moral judgments.
BoKyung uses fMRI approaches to investigate how people perceive others with shared and non-shared group memberships and values, and the consequential behavior towards others. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Seoul National University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.
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
B.S. Psychology, 2017 (Expected)
Research Interests: the role of the theory of mind network in prosociality
B.S. Psychology, 2018 (expected)
Research Interests: correlations between religious belief and morality
B.S. Psychology, 2018 (expected)
Research Interests: theory of mind, neural substrates underlying morality
B.S. Psychology, Minor Mathematics, 2019 (expected)
Research Interests: the neurological basis for learning and memory; neural regions and processes involved in moral cognition
Robert Wright III
B.A. Psychology, Dartmouth College, 2018 (expected)
Research Interests: neural and psychological bases of morality and political ideology
B.A. Psychology, 2018 (expected)
Research Interests: moral decision-making; implicit biases and stereotypes across social groups
Postdoctoral Researcher Alumni
– Software engineer at Charlie Finance Co. [website
– Assistant professor at SUNY Albany [website
– Assistant professor at Columbia University [website
Graduate Student Alumni
– Postdoctoral associate in Dr. Steven Pinker’s lab at Harvard University [website
– 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