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.

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.

Postdoctoral Associates

Brendan Gaesser (email) (website)
Brendan studies the function of imagination and memory. He uses a variety of methods available to psychology to uncover their shared cognitive basis, and how these abilities change in aging. Recently, he has begun exploring the role of imagination and memory in fostering empathy and prosocial behavior. He received his B.A. from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He will be starting as an assistant professor at SUNY Albany in fall 2016.
Larisa Heiphetz (email) (website)
Larisa uses methods from social, cognitive, and developmental psychology as well as neuroscience to investigate the ways that children and adults learn to reason about others’ beliefs (including religious beliefs) and how such reasoning might influence intergroup attitudes. She is currently extending this work to the domain of morality by investigating how children and adults make moral judgments. Larisa received her BA from The Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and her PhD from Harvard University in 2013. She will be starting as an assistant professor at Columbia University in fall 2016.
Alek Chakroff (email) (website)
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).

Visiting Research Assistants

Sam Rosen
B.S. Philosophy 2011
Research Interests: Research interests: Psychology of respect, moral dumbfounding, moral
persuasion, the relationship between moral beliefs and moral
motivation, and the psychology of rights-based ethical intuitions.
Kevin Doherty
B.A. Psychology, 2014 (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
Research interests: Existential psychology, moral development, attitudes & behaviors surrounding sexting

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Dylan Spets
B.S. Psychology, 2017 (expected)
Research interests: TBD
Nicole Lynch
B.S. Psychology, 2017 (expected)
Research interests: TBD
Rachel Loos
B.A. Psychology, 2018 (expected)
Research interests: TBD
Alexandra Bailey
B.A. Psychology with Clinical Concentration, 2017 (expected)
Research interests: TBD
Maisey Horn
B.S. Psychology, 2017 (Expected)
Research Interests: TBD
Lior Torenberg
B.A. Applied Psychology and Human Development, 2018 (Lynch School Of Education, expected)
Research Interests: Behavioral economics and organizational behavior
Karen (Jingrun) Lin
B.A. Psychology, 2018 (expected)
Research Interests: Neural regions activated during social judgments/decisions in the context of morality
Emily McCloskey
B.A. Psychology, 2017 (expected)
Research Interests: Counseling psychology; trust, empathy, cooperation; family psychology
MacKenzie Hart
B.S. Psychology, 2017 (expected)
Research Interests: Factors in youth and adolescent mental health

Graduate Student Alumni

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

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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