Lab Director

David Amodio, Ph.D.

David Amodio, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University
Professor of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam

Amodio’s research examines the psychological and neural mechanisms of prejudice, social cognition, and self-regulation, with a focus on how social biases are learned, expressed in behavior, controlled, and  changed.

Amodio has worked at NYU since 2005 and served as coordinator of the NYU Social Psychology program from 2013 to 2016. In 2017, he joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam as Professor of Social Psychology, where he continues to hold a partial appointment and conduct research. He served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2011-2016), was a co-founder of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (as President-Elect in 2021). He is an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and Society of Experimental Social Psychology.

Amodio’s research is funded by the US National Science Foundation and a Vici Award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. His contributions have been recognized with awards such as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from The White House, the Janet T. Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Social Cognition from the International Social Cognition Network.

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Inga Rösler

NWO Postdoctoral Fellow

Inga is broadly interested in social interactions, social learning, and cooperation. She combines computational and neuroscientific methods to study how we form impressions of other people’s morality.

Katharine Block

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

Kate is interested in how stereotypes about one’s group influence the way we think about ourselves. A key focus is on how cultural stereotypes shape men’s communal values and their participation in communal roles.

Madalina Vlasceanu

NYU Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow

Madalina is interested in how beliefs and attitudes form and change. Her current work examines the role of cognition in collective belief change, integrating methods ranging from behavioral experiments to brain imaging and social network analysis.

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Jeffrey Berg

Doctoral Student, NYU

Jeff is interested in how attitudes form and change. His current work examines the role of instrumental learning in attitude formation, using behavioral, neuroimaging, and computational methods.

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Alana Bertin

Doctoral Student, NYU

Alana is interested in the neural, cognitive, and sociocultural mechanisms underlying bias in intergroup perception and behavior,  especially as it pertains to stereotype formation and intersectional bias. She is  also interested in bias in AI systems and its real world implications.

Iris Traast

Doctoral student, UvA

Iris is interested in the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying social behavior. She uses computational, neuroimaging, and behavioral methods to research the formation and reduction of implicit prejudice.

Michael Berkebile

Doctoral Student, NYU

Michael is interested in the sociocognitive and neural bases of prejudice. His current research examines the effects of economic scarcity on racial stereotyping and dehumanization–processes.


David Schultner

Doctoral Student, UvA

David investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms of stereotype formation. His present research examines the influence of economic competition on prejudice.

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Qianqian (Lee) Cui

Masters Student, NYU

Lee is interested in how social cognitive knowledge influences social perception and attitude formation with behavioral and machine learning methods.

Hsien Lilly

Masters Student, NYU

Hsien is interested in the psychological and neural mechanisms through which social judgement and group identity are formed and potentially changed. She is also interested in the intersection of technology and psychological research.


Ava Ma de Sousa

Research MA student, UvA

Ava is interested in the computational and neural mechanisms behind social learning, prejudice, and dehumanization, and how these processes are influenced by social identity.

Marla Dressel

Research MA student, UvA

Marla is interested in the social transmission of stereotypes and whether this process can be explained by computational models of social reinforcement learning. She is also interested in the social neuroscience of empathy and is a fan of Open Science.

Isabel Kerber

MSc student, Humboldt University of Berlin

Isabel is interested in the neural and computational processes underlying impression formation, especially with regard to morality, as well as in how machines shape biases in society today and in the future.

Lab Alumni

William Brady, Ph.D.

Yale University


Leor Hackel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Southern California


Amy Krosch, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Cornell University


Petra Schmid, PhD

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, ETH Zurich


Lee Jasperse

PhD student in English Literature
University of Chicago

Tali Kleiman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hebrew University

Kyle Ratner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of California, Santa Barbara


May Ling Halim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Cal State-Long Beach


Saaid Mendoza, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Providence College


Renana Ofan, Ph.D.

Director of Business Development
Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Jojanneke van der Toorn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology
Utrecht University


Lisa Kaggen, M.A.

Experience Researcher


Jillian Swencionis, Ph.D.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Sophie Wharton

Senior Insights Analyst, Learning Solutions

Federica Meconi, Ph.D.

Postdoc, Marie-Curie Fellow
University of Birmingham

Hope Oloye

PhD student
University College London


Hyebin Kim (Rachel)

Marketing PhD student, Washington University


Celia Guillard

PhD Student, Cornell University


Olivia Carrubba

Research MA student, UvA


Annmarie MacNamara, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University


Gaëlle Pierre, Ph.D.

Director of Data, Analytics and Technology
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene