Steve W. C. Chang, PhD [CV]
Ph.D. (Washington Univ. in St. Louis)
Associate Professor (2020–)
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]
Research Associate Scientist
Research associate 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.
Ph.D. (Institute of Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University)
Chengchi received his PhD in Neuroscience working with Chou Hung, where he studied visual receptive field tuning properties of macaque V1 neurons. Chengchi is interested in computational approaches to understanding the neural mechanisms of social behavior.
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.
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.
Graduate student (rotating INP student; Gruber Science Fellow)
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 ASD at MIT. Olivia is interested in neural mechanisms underlying complex social interactions.
Graduate student (Starting in the Fall of 2020)
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; Gruber Science Fellow; Starting in the Summer of 2020)
Emily received both her BS degree in Neurocience 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.
Cameron is a Cognitive Science major in the lab interested in the serotonergic regulation of social and cognitive processing.
Michael is a Neuroscience and Statistics major in the lab interested in modeling behavioral and neural aspects of social gaze dynamics.
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.
Feng is a graduate student in Anirvan Nandy’s lab who is collaborating with us in studying neural basis of natural social bahviors in marmosets.
Anton is a graduate student in John Bargh’s lab who is collaborating with us in studying pattern deviancy aversion and social preference.
Alyssa is a graduate student in Laurie Santos’ lab who is collaborating with us in studying theory of mind.
Research Support Staff
Research associate in neuroscience
Marianne is a Research Associate in the Department of Neuroscience. For our lab, she helps with surgery preparation and MRI scanning.
Official lab mascot
Coco is a friendly, loving, and sometimes goofy old english sheep dog. She loves hiking and hanging out with people =)
Lab Alumni (selected list)
Jason Morris (undergrad thesis, to WashU MD program, full scholarship)
Marios Tringides (undergrad thesis, to Duke Univ. Neurobiology PhD program)
Weston Pack, PhD (postdoc, to Second Sight)
Angelica Fuentes (undergrad thesis, to U Illinois Chicago MD program)
Doug Streat (undergrad thesis, to Yale Sch of Public Health program)
Courtney Turrin (grad student, to Digital marketing industry)
Kayla Velnoskey (grad student, to Data science industry)
Spencer Birney (undergrad research, to Data science industry)
Shamma Ahmed (visiting student from Cornell, to back to Cornell)
Olga Dal Monte, Ph.D (postdoc, to Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Turin)
Kacey Fang (undergrad thesis, to postbac position)
Matthew Piva, Ph.D (grad student, to Mckinsey and Company)
Shay Ben-Heim, Ph.D (collaborating postdoc)
Jessica Joiner, Ph.D (grad student, to science coordinator)
Cameron Martel (undergrad thesis, to MIT Sloan PhD program)