Lab Director: Diana Tamir, PhD

Lab Director

Diana Tamir

Diana studies how people think about their own minds and the minds of other people. She uses a combination of behavioral, machine learning, and neuroimaging methods. She received her Sc.B. in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University, her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University, and postdoctoral training at Stanford University before starting as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Princeton University in 2015.


Lab Manager

Dominic Burkart

Dominic is a researcher and programmer who studies identity, group dynamics, information diffusion, and health – particularly in regards to LGBTQ+ populations. They recieved their BA in Psychology from New York University and have worked as a research assistant under Drs. Amanda Bruce (at the University of Missouri: Kansas City, Kansas University Medical Center, and Children's Mercy Medical Center) and Jay Van Bavel (at New York University). 

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Post Doctoral Scholar

 Mark Thornton

Mark's research focuses on the neural organization of social knowledge: how our brains make sense of other people's thoughts, feelings, traits, situations, relationships, and actions. He uses methods including fMRI, computational modelling, behavioral experiments, and innovative web techniques. Mark received his A.B. from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, before returning to Princeton as a postdoctoral researcher.

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Graduate Students

Judith Mildner

Judith Mildner

Judith is a second year graduate student in the psychology department. She studies the relationships between people’s spontaneous thoughts, like mind wandering and creativity, and the social world. She has a BSc in Human Development from Cornell University, and a MSc in Sport Sciences from the University of Groningen.

Zidong Zhao

Zidong is a second year graduate student in the psychology department. His research focuses on the mental representation of social information. He received his BA in psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2016. His favorite color is green.

Aaron Kurosu

Aaron is a graduate student in the psychology department at Princeton University. His research focuses on how we provide evaluations about the world around us. In particular, he's currently looking at issues such as certainty, subjectivity, and animacy. He receive his BS in psychology and BSD in industrial design at the University of Cincinnati.

Adam Lerner

Adam Lerner

Adam is a graduate student in the philosophy department at Princeton University. His current project examines the role of empathy in moral epistemology and moral psychology, but he also works on issues in meta-ethics, practical ethics, and the philosophy of psychology. He came to Princeton in 2012 after graduating from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in philosophy and psychology.

Research Assistants

Ayde Amir

Page Amormino

Emily Becker

Tiffany Chen

Shelby Edmondson

Samantha Grayson

Dalya Hahn

Jacqueline Kopra

Isabel Medlock

Aidan O'Donnell

Tony Phan

Ioana Teodorescu

Christie Ulloa


Meghan Meyer: Postdoctoral Researcher (2015-2017); Currently Assistant Professor of the Dartmouth Social Neuroscience Lab.

Miriam Weaverdyck: Research Specialist and Lab Manager (2015-2017); currently doctoral student at the Computational Social Neuroscience Lab at UCLA.

Rachel Lisner: Research Assistant (2016); Currently Lab Manager of Krosch Lab at Cornell University.

Jordan Gunn: Research Assistant (2017); currently research assistant in the Princeton Computational Memory Lab.

Meng Du: Research Assistant (2016); Currently Software Developer at the Computational Social Neuroscience Lab at UCLA.

Ceylan Özdem: Visiting graduate student (2016); Currently a graduate student at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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