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

Miriam Weaverdyck

Miriam enjoys studying how social environments and peoples' personal beliefs about their minds unconsciously effect how they think and behave. Miriam received her BAs in mathematical sciences and psychology from Bethel College, KS. After working at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services in Washington, D.C., Miriam was the Lab Coordinator in the Rutgers Lab for Developmental Language Studies, and is now a Research Specialist in the Social Neuroscience Lab at Princeton University.


Post Doctoral Scholar

Meghan Meyer

Meghan Meyer

Meghan is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. She draws from a variety of methodologies, including neuroimaging, behavioral training, and neuropharmacology, to understand how we process and learn from our social experiences. She received her BA in psychology from Emory University, her M.A. in Cognitive Science from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, and her PhD in psychology from UCLA.

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Graduate Students

Judith Mildner

Judith Mildner

Judith is a first year graduate student in the psychology department. She is currently studying the effects of social isolation on the self, using a combination of neuroimaging, behavioral measures, and content analysis. Judith received her BSc in human development from Cornell University in 2014, and her MSc in sport sciences from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in 2016.

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.

Zidong Zhao

Zidong is a first year graduate student in the psychology department. He is broadly interested in how cognitive processes contribute to social behaviors and societal structures. He received his BA in psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2016, and would love to find structures in his life as a grad student before he starts finding structures in data. Zidong’s favorite misinformed joke is that the human body is topologically a donut.

Research Assistants

Varun Bhave

Shelby Edmondson

Gianna Geil

Grace Glovier

Jordan Gunn

Dalya Hahn

Aidan O'Donnell

Sarah Pan

Tony Phan

Magdalena Purchla

Shriya Sekhsaria

Madhumitha Shridharan



Rachel Lisner: Research Assistant (2016), Currently Lab Manager at the Krosch Lab at Cornell University

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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