tamir lab 2021-2022


Lab Director

Photo of PI Diana Tamir

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 Managers

Portrait of lab manager MJ Schneider

MJ Schneider

MJ is interested in examining the relationship between social cognition and prejudice, and harnessing this knowledge to employ impactful methods of prejudice reduction. MJ received their B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.

portrait of lab manager Nathan Liang

Nathan Liang

Nathan is interested in studying moral psychology, empathy, and mind perception. He received his B.S. in psychology from Duke University and previously worked as a research assistant in the Imagination and Modal Cognition Lab and The Mind at Large Lab studying moral judgment, causal reasoning, and mind wandering.


Portrait of lab manager Katie

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 B.A. in Neuroscience from Bowdoin College and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Science Writing from John Hopkins University.


Post Doctoral Scholars

Portrait of post doctoral scholar Lily Tsoi

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. 

Portrait of post doctoral scholar Shannon Burns

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 received 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.


Haran Sened

Haran Sened

Haran studies the ways people's emotions are communicated to and perceived by others. He focuses on studying long-term close relationships, as well as the relationships between therapists and clients, using experience sampling and emotion sensing. Haran received his B.A. in psychology from Bar-Ilan University, his M.A. in clinical psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his Ph.D. in psychology from Bar-Ilan University.


Graduate Students

Portrait of graduate student Judith Mildner

Judith Mildner

Judith is a fifth 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 B.Sc. in Human Development from Cornell University, and a M.Sc. in Sport Sciences from the University of Groningen.


Portrait of graduate student Abla

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 B.A. in psychology from Harvard University in 2015.

Portrait of graduate student Kara Enz

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 B.S. in Psychology and her B.A. in music from Lafayette College, and her M.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.


Portrait of  graduate student Mira

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 B.S. 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.

Portrait of graduate student Stats Atwood

Stats Atwood

Stats’ research explores the development, perceptions, and implications of gender diversity in adults and children using behavioral and self-report measures. Previously, they received a B.A. in psychology and a B.M. in violin from Oberlin College & Conservatory. Outside the lab, you might find them playing violin, exploring nature, or snacking voraciously.



Research Assistants

Akhila Bandlora

Aleeza A. Schoenberg

Alina Chen

Allen Delgado

Amy Ciceu

Annie Liang

Christine Nguyen

Elle Freire

Epifanio (Epi) Torres-Smith

Jenna Sayed

Maya D. Rabinowitz

Mel Hornyak

Nhuquynh Nguyen

Raven Bluford

Seo Young Yoo

Tia L. Rozario

Trinh Nguyen


Lab Pets

pet cats bug and tiger

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.

pet dog Momo

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.

pet dog sunny

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.

pet cat Willow

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.

Mouse the cat

Mouse Atwood

Despite her innocent appearance, Mouse is a parkour expert and acrobat-in-training who is currently working to perfect her 3-foot leap-flip-twist combo. When not training, she enjoys chasing string toys, window sitting, and snoozing in cute pawsitions.



Zidong Zhao: Graduate Student (2016-2021); Currently Postdoctoral Scholar at Yale University.

Elyssa Barrick: Research Specialist and Lab Manager (2018-2021); Currently Graduate Student in the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University.

Jordan Rubin-McGregor: Research Specialist and Lab Manager (2019-2021); Currently Graduate Student in the Hunger Lab at Miami University of Ohio.

Samantha Grayson: Research Assistant (2018-2021); Currently Research Assistant in the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab.

Thea Zalabak: Research Assistant (2019-2021); Currently Lab Manager in the Control and Decision Making Lab at Washington University in St. Louis.

Aaron Kurosu: Graduate Student (2014-2020); Currently Experience Researcher at Adobe.

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 & PI 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 Software Engineer at Datadog.

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 & PI of the Dartmouth Social Neuroscience Lab.

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

Rachel Lisner: Research Assistant (2016); Currently Custom Insights Manager at The New York Times.

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.