Lab Director

Oriel FeldmanHall

CV  |  Email: Oriel.FeldmanHall@Brown.edu


Postdoctoral Fellows

Jeroen van Baar

Information about Jeroen is forthcoming!

Graduate Students

Joseph Heffner  |  CV

Joey received a B.S. in Psychology and a B. A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. He served as project manager for Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong at Duke University for three years investigating the effects of implicit moral attitudes. Joey's current research investigates human social cognition and decision-making, focusing particularly on how people respond to fairness violations. He utilizes behavioral economics and social psychology approaches to explore questions like: In what contexts do people value punishment over non-punitive alternatives? How do people learn the value of prosocial actions in ambiguous and noisy environments? What aspects of the environment influence decisions to compete or cooperate?


Amrita Lamba  |  CV

Amrita received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2014 and an M.A. in Psychology from the College of William & Mary in 2017. Prior to starting at Brown, Amrita was a member of Wil Cunningham's Computational Affective Neuroscience lab and Joanna Schug's Cross-Cultural Cognition lab. Amrita is interested in examining socio-emotional decision-making and learning using the methodological rigor of computational modeling and neural network systems. She is also interested in using Bayesian and reinforcement learning models as a framework for modeling the cognitive processes associated with moral decision-making. She is co-mentored by Michael Frank.

Lab Manager

Jae-Young Son  |  CV,  Web

Jae received a B.A. in Psychology/Neuroscience from Stanford University in 2016 and worked as a Research Assistant in Jamil Zaki's Social Neuroscience Lab. Jae is interested in how people use information gleaned from their social environments and from their own affective states to inform decision-making. When not thinking about science, Jae enjoys singing at unreasonably loud volumes, reading pretentious existentialist philosophy, and going on spontaneous long-distance bike rides and hikes.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Danai Benopoulou

Danai is a sophomore pursuing a double concentration in Psychology and Economics at Brown University. She is interested in using her studies in each of these fields to better understand empathy and pro-social behavior in modern societies, many of which have experienced increased hostility and prejudice. Her decision to double-concentrate stems also from her interest in studying how emotions affect everyday decision-making, social interactions, and judgments.

Margo Hu  |  CV

Margaret (Margo) Hu is a senior studying cognitive neuroscience and visual arts. She is interested in moral learning and judgments, particularly on how we form social categories about people and how we designate responsibility after harm has occurred. Ultimately, she hopes to further investigate how behavioral science can inform public policies and social design. Outside of lab, Margo enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, dancing, and eating lots of potatoes.

Willy Lee

Willy is a junior pursuing a double major in Economics and Psychology. He is interested in the role of "self and other" perceptions on conformity and moral judgments, as well as the processes/mechanisms involved in different moral decision-making contexts.


Nancy Nkoudou

Nancy is a sophomore concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in investigating the neural mechanisms involved in moral decision-making, and specifically how these processes are divergent in neural-atypical populations. Nancy's other commitments include singing in Brown's gospel choir Harmonizing Grace,  as well as producing podcasts through the WBRU radio station.

Post-docs who are interested in pursuing relevant research interests should contact us at feldmanhall.lab@gmail.com!