Welcome to my site! I am a postdoctoral research associate in social neuroscience, working with Diana Tamir in the Princeton Social Neuroscience Laboratory at Princeton University. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University, working in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab with Jason Mitchell. Previously, I attended Princeton University ('11) where I obtained my bachelor's degree in psychology working with Andrew Conway.
My research focuses on the neural organization of social knowledge: how our brains make sense of other people's thoughts, feelings, traits, situations, relationships, and actions. I try to understand the principles our minds and brains use to organize this information, and how we are able to make useful social predictions on the basis of such understanding. To study this topic, I use a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), computational modelling, behavioral experiments, and innovative web techniques. You can read more about my research here or check out my curriculum vitae here. My blog features a variety of data science projects I work on in my spare time, as well as discussion of my research and psychology in general.
If you'd like to get in touch with me, you can do so here. If you're interested in participating in my research - and learning more about yourself in the process - please check out my online platform: mysocialbrain.org.
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