Our lives are filled with various social stressors – such as being evaluated by others or being isolated – and many social interactions occur when individuals are under stress. My research program investigates the neural and behavioral effects of different forms of stress (such as social isolation) on social cognition and motivation/reward and how they are represented in the brain. I study these topics using fMRI, behavioral paradigms and endocrinological measures (e.g. cortisol).
Currently, I am postdoctoral fellow in the Saxelab at MIT investigating the neural representation of social isolation and social craving in the human brain.
You can sign up to participate in my current project on motivation at the MIT Motivation website.