Steve W. C. Chang, PhD [CV]
Ph.D. (Washington Univ. in St. Louis)
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Department of Psychology [profile]
Department of Neuroscience [profile]
Kavli Institute for Neuroscience [link]
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program [link]
Cognitive Science [link]
Child Study Center
Vernon B. Mountcastle Distinguished Fellow & Curator-in-Chief of the John F. Fulton Collection at the Olschefskie Institute for the Neurobiology of Knowledge
“The Science of Connection: How the brain computes social choices” [blog]
Associate Research Scientist & Postdoctoral Associates
Associate research scientist
Ph.D. (Duke University)
Amrita received her PhD from Duke University working with Michael Platt. For her PhD work, she examined how social status is represented in the posterior cingulate cortex. She helps to oversee and manage the lab.
Philip Putnam, PhD [google scholar]
Ph.D. (University of Arizona)
Philip received his PhD in Neuroscience working with Kati Gothard, where he studied neurophysiological and oxytonergic mechanisms underlying social cognition in the amygdala. Philip is interested in how neuromodulators influence neuronal activity in shaping social behaviors.
Graduate student (defended)
Hannah received her BA degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from Johns Hopkins University and her MA degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She then worked at Princeton University before joining the lab. She is interested in how serotonin regulates socio-emotional processing and effortful control in the brain.
Megha Chawla [google scholar]
Megha received her BA degree in Psychology from University of Southern California, followed by receiving her Masters level degree in Neuroscience from University College London. Afterwards, she conducted several fMRI studies in humans, including working with Ifat Levy at Yale University School of Medicine. Megha is interested in neural mechanisms underlying social decision-making in humans. Megha is a Manton Foundation Fellow.
Prabaha received his integrated BS and MS degrees in Biology from the Indian Institute of Science. For his research prior to joining the lab, Prabaha worked on understanding neural mechanisms of high-level vision in the inferior temporal cortex. Prabaha is interested in neural mechanisms underlying social behavior.
Olivia received her BS degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University. For her research prior to coming to Yale, Olivia studied the development of social attention at Emory and worked on animal models of autism spectrum disorder at MIT. Olivia is interested in neural mechanisms underlying complex social interactions. Olivia is a Gruber Science Fellow, and also a NSF Gradaute Research Fellow.
Yoonseo Zoh [website]
Yoonseo received her BA degree in Education from Seoul National University and received a prestigious scholarship for her PhD work funded by Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. Yoonseo is interested in neural computations underlying social decision-making by applying computational models to human fMRI data.
Graduate student (rotating INP student)
Emily received both her BS degree in Neuroscience and MS degree in Cognitive Science from Brown Univerisity. Before coming to Yale, Emily was involved in statistical / computational modeling of behavior and neural responses underlying cognitive control and communication. Emily is interested in studying neural mechanisms underlying interactive social processes. Emily is a Gruber Science Fellow.
Michael is a Neuroscience and Statistics major in the lab interested in modeling behavioral and neural aspects of social gaze dynamics.
Abigail is a Psychology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology double major in the lab interested in autism spectrum disorder.
Beamlak is a Neuroscience major in the lab interested in neuronal data analysis.
Sorah is a Chemistry major in the lab interested in neural bases of complex social interaction. Sorah is a STARS fellow.
Olga Dal Monte, PhD [google scholar]
Department of Psychology
University of Turin, Italy
Olga is a lab alumnus and interested in neurophysiological and neuropharmacological mechanisms underlying social gaze interaction and social decision-making.
Official lab mascot
Coco is a friendly, loving, and sometimes goofy old english sheep dog. She loves hiking and hanging out with people =)
PhD Dissertations from the lab
Matthew Piva, PhD, Neurobiological bases of social cognition: Investigations from macaques to humans at multiple levels of neuroscience (2018)
Jessica Joiner, PhD, Social information processing in rhesus macaques (2019)
Hannah Weinberg-Wolf, PhD, Serotonin and social competency (2021)