Lab Director and Principal Investigator (PI)
I am interested in the development of explanatory models of personality traits as reflections of psychological and biological parameters within an evolved adaptive system. Personality is conceived broadly as encompassing all reasonably stable individual differences in emotion, motivation, cognition, and behavior. My Cybernetic Big Five Theory attempts to provide a unifying theory for personality psychology and personality neuroscience, as well as psychopathology and well-being.
Graduate Students – Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics
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.
Aisha's research interests focus on understanding identity and personality traits related to prosocial behavior. Her goal is to identify how relatively straightforward descriptions of personality are linked to more complex psychological processes and brain function. Additionally, she is interested in understanding how personality traits and their neural underpinnings relate to a person's perceived sense of self.
Tyler is interested in understanding the neurobiological, affective, and behavioral mechanisms that influence different personality traits. His particular research interests include exploring the nature of traits Extraversion and Openness/Intellect through different psychometric and neuroimaging methods.
Edward is a generalist who has found refuge in the field of personality psychology. His research interests include applied psychometrics, the structure and processes of traits beyond the Big Five (e.g., Aspects, Metatraits), as well as idiographic approaches to personality (e.g., psychotherapy, life stories).
Matt is interested in studying the neurobiological mechanisms underlying different personality traits. In particular, he is interested in traits normally associated with autism spectrum disorder and how they might be incorporated into a cybernetic theory of personality. His other interests include modeling the neural circuitry of the hippocampus and simulating agents as generative models within a Markov decision process (MDP) framework.
Frank is a Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University in the Department of Family, Population, and Preventative Medicine.
Amanda is a Research Project Specialist at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain at the University of Minnesota.
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.
Tim is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.
Rachael is a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University.
Claudia is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at London South Bank University.
Rachel is an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Steven is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Southern Denmark.
Yanna is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Linfield College in Oregon.