Lab Director: Diana Tamir, PhD

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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 joining the faculty at Princeton in 2015. 


Lab Managers

Elyssa Barrick

Elyssa is interested in how the symptoms of schizophrenia and related disorders influence patient’s perception of the self and others, and how this relates to deficits in social cognition. She received her BA in psychology and BS in neuroscience from the University of New Hampshire, and previously worked as a research assistant at McLean Hospital.


Jordan Rubin-McGregor

Jordan conducts research on in how the process of simulating others can impact an individuals' sense of self. She received her Sc.B. in Cognitive Neuroscience and German Studies from Brown University.


Katie Ippolito

Katie is a research coordinator for the Person Project. She loves collecting ideas and getting people excited about the connections they have to the world around them. She has a BA in Neuroscience from Bowdoin College and is currently pursuing an MA in Science Writing from John Hopkins University.


Post Doctoral Scholars

Lily Tsoi

Lily is interested in understanding how people successfully work together to achieve joint goals and how people form social connections. She uses fMRI to study how the brain supports these types of social interactions. Lily received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Boston College. 


Shannon Burns

Shannon studies the processes through which people "get on the same page" as each other in conversation and discussion, and the extent to which psychological alignment is useful or not. For this work she uses largely dynamic analysis approaches for neuroimaging, behavioral research, and linguistic assessment. Shannon recieved her B.A. in psychology from Pomona College in 2015, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2020.


Graduate Students

Judith Mildner

Judith Mildner

Judith is a fourth 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 fourth 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.

Kara Enz

Kara is a fourth year graduate student in the Psychology Department. She is interested in the role of episodic simulation in decision making. She received her BS in Psychology and her BA in music from Lafayette College, and her MA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.


Abla Alaoui-Soce

Abla is a second year graduate student in the Psychology Department. She is interested in the interplay between stories and cognition, with a particular focus on the influence of narrative structure on the structure of thought and memory. She received a BA in psychology from Harvard University in 2015.

Mira Nencheva

Mira is interested in the dynamics of communication during infancy and early childhood. She is especially excited to explore the different time-scales at which caregiver cues, such as prosody and facial expressions, act- from sub-second moments in a single interaction, to the accumulating statistical information over longer periods of time. She received a BS in symbolic systems from Stanford University in 2016. Outside of the lab, Mira can be found on long morning walks, drinking large amounts of tea, or trying to find every single jazz concert in the area.


Research Assistants

Samantha Grayson

Thea Zalabak

Allison Yang

Raven Bluford

Maya Rabinowitz

Ava Peters

Aravind Sreeram

Epifanio Torres-Smith

Aleeza Schoenberg

Lab Pets

Bug and Tiger Tamir

Bug's research interests include cuddles and sleeping.

Tiger is an expert in string on a stick and hiding in the sock drawer.

Ashrei Rubin-McGregor

Ashrei studies plastic, chicken, and whatever happens to be on our plates.

Jemma Bio-Barrick

Jemma is interested in how humans think about dogs, and studies what motivates them to give treats and belly rubs. Outside of the lab she enjoys meeting every single person she possibly can, snuggling on the couch, and trying to take down the neighborhood squirrels.

Morrison Mildner

Morrison (MoMo) graduated from ACCT Philly in 2020 with a degree in Big Puppy Energy. He currently uses qualitative mouth-based methods to study how to be a Very Good Boy and how to convince other dogs to play. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his favorite humans and training them to give him attention and more bigger treats.

Sunny Enz

Sunny is a clinical psychologist studying anxiety using POV methods. She has found that treats, sniffs, and pets are the most effective interventions. As the original lab lab, Sunny gets first dibs on the couch.

Willow Enz

Willow is a biologist whose primary research interests are grass and insects. When she is not in the field conducting experiments, she enjoys aggressively cuddling and grooming her mom and her sister Sunny.


Aaron Kurosu: Graduate Student (2014-2020)

Nickolas Jones: Postdoctoral Researcher (2018-2020); Currently an Instructor in the Department of Psychological Science at UC Irvine and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.

Mark Thornton: Postdoctoral Researcher (2018-2020); Currently Assistant Professor & head of the Social Computation Representation and Prediction Laboratory at Dartmouth College.

Mihir Gandhi: Research Specialist and Lab Manager (2019-2020); Currently software developer in the private sector.

Milena Rmus: Research Specialist and Lab Manager (2018-2019); Currently graduate student at the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at UC Berkeley.

Adam Lerner: Graduate Student (2015-2018); Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Center of Bioethics at NYU.

Dominic Burkart: Research Specialist and Lab Manager (2017-2018); Currently working in industry in New York City.

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

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

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

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

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

Ceylan Özdem: Visiting graduate student (2016); Currently Postdoctoral research fellow at the Social & Media Neuroscience Lab at Michigan State University.

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