Jennifer Gutsell to join Psychology faculty

Paul DiZio, Chair of the Psychology department, writes:

Jennifer Gutsell, Ph.D.I am happy to announce that Jennifer Gutsell has accepted an offer for a faculty position in Psychology.  Thanks to those of you who participated in the search.  […]

In Jennifer, we sought and found an individual who takes a biological or neuroscience approach to social/development psychology.  Jenifer got her PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto and is currently doing a post-doc there. She studies neural mechanisms of human group formation and inter-group perception and attitudes.  Her work has  replicated and extended earlier reports that people accurately perceive the intentions and actions of others in the group they belong to but show less empathy for others outside their group, an effect which is greater in people who score higher on a scale of prejudice, and she also showed that the EEG mu rhythm, a non-invasive index of mirror system activation, is suppressed when people judge ingroup but not outgroup targets.  Jennifer has cautiously interpreted this correlation between social empathy and neuromotor resonance, and one her first research aims at Brandeis will be conducting an experimental test of the direction of causality.

Jennifer will start at Brandeis in the fall, but will be available to meet with prospective grad students during recruiting.  More about Jennifer’s research and publications can be found on her website at

Re-vamped course for Spring 2011 — PSYC 213a: Social Neuroscience and Culture

This course combines two current topics in Psychology, exploring how the social interactions of humans are processed by the brain and the ways that culture can shape social, as well as cognitive, processes.  Topics include the self, stereotyping, empathy, neuroeconomics, and biculturalism.  In addition to a focus on fMRI research, Dr. Janelle Beadle, a postdoctoral trainee in Neuroscience, will serve as a co-Instructor, lending her expertise in patient research.

Previously taught three years ago as PSYC 180a, this course has been re-listed as a graduate course (although advanced undergraduates are welcome to enroll, pending instructor approval) to allow for more hands-on work, such as the design of cross-cultural research studies.  Prof. Angela Gutchess notes that both social neuroscience and cross-cultural research (and even “cultural neuroscience”, the combination of the two) have grown tremendously in the short time since the course was last offered, and that she is particularly excited to be teaching this course upon return from her semester in Istanbul, Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar.

Protected by Akismet
Blog with WordPress

Welcome Guest | Login (Brandeis Members Only)