Social Neuroscience Lab
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado at Boulder

Current Lab Members


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Tiffany A. Ito


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Erika Henry

Research Interests: My research utilizes psychophysiological measures to study processes related to self-regulation, emotion, and addiction. I am particularly interested in individual differences in emotional experience as a function of one's ability to engage in self-regulatory processes, as well as how these differences influence drug use.

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Chris Loersch

Graduate Students

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Sarah Grover

Research Interests: Broadly I am interested in stereotyping, identity and psychological essentialism and in particular their influence on achievement in academic and work environments. More specifically, I am interested in the role of gender stereotypes, identity conflict and psychological essentialism in explaining women's underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. I aim to identify (1) how these factors contribute to women's underrepresentation in STEM and (2) methods to increase women's interest, belonging and identification with STEM fields.

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Geoff Kerr

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Keith Senholzi

Research Interests: My research is conducted using a multi-level approach, bidirectionally integrating theory and methods from social psychology and neuroscience. I am primarily interested in the ways in which we perceive and extract information from human faces. The span of this research ranges from both the cognitive and neural substrates that underlie face encoding and perception to the social and attentional dimensions that may affect them and subsequent behavior (e.g., memory for faces). The overarching aims of this research are to help illuminate the ways in which the above factors interact to affect our perceptions of others, and to provide insights regarding in what ways we may be able to overcome certain resultant biases.

My most recent research has expanded into two new areas: using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify the neural systems engaged subsequent to stereotype threat among female science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors during math testing and measuring event-related brain potentials (ERPs) among different levels of marijuana users to examine decision-making strategies during probabilistic learning. These projects seek to shed light on the neural processes and social factors involved in the cognitive functioning and decision-making strategies, as a function of different types of feedback, of these two distinct samples.

Project Director

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Suzanne Taborsky-Barba

Professional Research Assistants


Troy Dildine

Research Interests: My current work uses multilevel integrative analyses to understand how drug use may impact basic human behaviors. Previous work incorporated psychophysiological measures to explore how race and race bias effect automatic processes.

Future work will hopefully include interdisciplinary approaches to understand the dehumanization process and to investigate methods to decrease behaviors that may facilitate inequity.


Vicky Grunberg

Research Interests: I currently work on studies investigating: how affirmation exercises moderate stereotype threat; effects of emotion on racial bias; impact of implicit racial biases on facial recognition and measures of event-related potentials (ERP). I have studied intimate relationship satisfaction, depression, and implicit bias. I also assist in projects studying factors affecting marijuana use as well as mindfulness to treat anxiety.

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Kismet Smith

Research Interests: Health psychology, public health, obesity interventions and treatments, nutrition, exercise, risky behavior, and at-risk youth.

Unndergraduate Research Assistants

  • Natalia Bunker
  • Chris Cavazos
  • Tim Fabisiak
  • Anna Gitarts
  • Wesley Hendrickson
  • Laxmi Lalchandani
  • Erin Major
  • Leah Tinsely
  • Shelby Neil