Psychology

Spatial Cognition in Political Reasoning

Faculty Member: Ryan Enos

Using a map based interface, we collect data on the awareness of citizens about the spatial location of groups. This tests the importance of spatial cognition in political reasoning.

This position is part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS) in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.

Emotion and Legal Reasoning

Professor Jennifer Lerner and Professor Yuval Feldman's research project on Emotion and Legal Reasoning consists of literature review, assistance in preparing submissions to IRB, support in development of experimental design, running experiments at the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and data analysis.... Read more about Emotion and Legal Reasoning

The Cognitive and Neural Basis of Episodic Memory

Faculty Member:  Daniel Schacter

Description:  We conduct research investigating the cognitive and neural basis of episodic memory—the ability to remember events from the personal past—and processes leading to memory distortions. We utilize cognitive and behavioral testing as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in healthy younger and older volunteers and individuals with clinical conditions known to affect memory processes, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Student RAs are responsible for conducting cognitive testing in healthy younger and older...

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The Challenges of Understanding Others

The SCAN lab studies how humans understand the thoughts, feelings and mental states of other people. We employ both functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral methods to study the neural correlates and processes of social cognition. For more information about lab research please see our website:  http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~scanlab/papers.html.  Research assistants help prepare experimental stimuli, recruit and screen subjects, and conduct behavioral and fMRI experiments.  Students have the opportunity to become involved in all levels of research including designing...

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The Effects of Co-Experience, the Effects of Mental Access, and Altruism’s Connection to Delayed Gratification

Professor Daniel Gilbert is an experimental social psychologist whose methods run from large-scale survey research (Killingsworth & Gilbert, 2010) to brain imaging (Mitchell, Schirmer, Ames, & Gilbert, 2010), but that generally focus on laboratory-based studies of human behavior. Gilbert's primary research focus over the last 15 years has been on the errors people make when attempting to predict their emotional reactions to future events. The research assistant funded through IQSS is working on...

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