Graduate Students

Scott Blain
Scott Blain
Graduate Student: Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics
General Information:

Scott is interested in the biological and affective mechanisms underlying individual differences in social cognition and behavior. His previous work has focused on the perception and bodily experience of emotion, as well as physiological stress in autism, schizotypy, and alexithymia. He uses methods such as fMRI, behavioral genetics, and structural equation modeling to better understand interpersonal motivation and interaction in relation to the Big Five and psychopathology.

Alex Rautu
Alex Rautu
Graduate Student: Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics
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Alex is interested broadly in the cognitive, motivational and neural processes underlying personality traits, with a particular focus on traits related to Conscientiousness and Openness to Experience.

Amanda Rueter
Amanda Rueter
Graduate Student: Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics
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Amanda aims to better understand the intersection of personality, biological factors, and externalizing behaviors. Currently, she is investigating the personality profiles and neurobiological correlates of impulsivity, substance use, and emotion regulation.

Sooyeon Sung
Sooyeon Sung
Graduate Student: ersonality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics
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Sooyeon is interested in the development of personality, focusing on the role that relationships with other people play in personality development. She takes an evolutionary developmental perpsective to address questions such as, How do genes and environment interact? and How do children's relationships with their parents shape their personalities?