C. Daryl Cameron, Ph.D. | Principal Investigator
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Daryl Cameron is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and ethics core faculty member in the Rock Ethics Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the College of William and Mary. He completed a summer post-doctoral appointment at the Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics, and was a Fellow at the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). Daryl is a member of the Moral Psychology Research Group, an interdisciplinary group of psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers who study moral cognition. Before coming to Penn State, he was a faculty member at the University of Iowa.
Daryl’s research has been funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as grants from the Templeton Foundation, UCLA Animal Law program, and Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute. His work has been published in venues such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Review, and in popular outlets such as the New York Times. His research on moral judgments about implicit racial bias received the Morton Deutsch Award for Best Article from the International Society for Justice Research.
POST-DOCTORAL ASSOCIATE //
Daniel Lim, Ph.D. | Post-Doctoral Associate
Daniel is a post-doctoral scholar in the EMP lab. He received his B.A. in Psychology from SUNY at Buffalo under the tutelage of Michael Poulin as his honors thesis advisor. He eventually went on to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Northeastern University under the guidance of his advisor, David DeSteno. Daniel is interested in examining the social-environmental factors that alter our capacity for empathy and compassion. More specifically, he is interested in how experiences with adversity could accentuate or attenuate prosocial proclivities. He is also interested in social interventions that could help us exercise moral emotions (i.e. empathy, and compassion) broadly and effectively. Lastly, he is also interested in examining the effects of contemplative practices (i.e. mindfulness meditation) on social behavior. While studying these areas of research, Daniel often utilizes confederate-based behavioral paradigms that have strong ecological validity as well as methods that yield longitudinal data (i.e. experience sampling, day reconstruction method).
GRADUATE STUDENTS //
Julian A. Scheffer, M.A. | Graduate Student
Julian is a 5th-year graduate student in the EMP Lab (and a 3rd-year here at Penn State). He is interested in the psychological rewards and costs of empathy, and he is currently exploring how the brain contributes to regulating empathic responding using electrophysiology and the lesion method. He is also interested in how people regulate moral behavior and moral judgment, focusing on propensities for prosocial versus antisocial behavior, as well as the policing of moral violations within and between social groups. Julian obtained his B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Toronto, where he managed Michael Inzlicht’s Toronto Lab for Social Neuroscience and Elizabeth Page-Gould’s Embodied Social Cognition Lab. Julian also obtained his M.A. in Psychology at the University of Iowa, where he participated in the NIH-funded T32 training program and worked with Dr. Daniel Tranel and Dr. Jan Wessel.
Victoria Spring, M.A. | Graduate Student
Victoria is a 5th year graduate student in the EMP Lab, having graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, and managed Dr. Cameron’s lab at the University of Iowa in 2013. Victoria is interested in social emotions such as empathy (and why we don’t have it), anger (and why we’re afraid of it), and moral judgment (and why we mostly just judge marginalized people). Specifically, Victoria is interested in how individual, group, and situational factors influence our perception of different social emotions and how those emotions are transformed into subsequent moral behavior. Victoria received an M.A. at the University of Iowa, and for the 2016-2017 academic year studied at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Stephen Anderson, B.A. | Graduate Student
Stephen is a 1st-year graduate student in the EMP lab. He graduated from Allegheny College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Music, where he completed a senior thesis examining the influence of musically-induced empathy on visually-induced empathy. Before coming to Penn State, he worked as a Lab Manager for Kurt Gray’s Mind Perception and Morality Lab at the University of North Carolina, and was also a Research Assistant for Christopher Chabris’ and Michelle Meyer’s behavioral science lab at Geisinger Health System. Stephen is interested in the intersection of morality and mental simulation, particularly in regards to empathy.
Eliana Hadjiandreou, B.A. | Graduate Student
Eliana is a 1st-year graduate student in the EMP Lab. Before entering graduate school, she was lab manager for the EMP Lab from 2016-2018. Eliana graduated from Clark University with a Psychology major and a Cultural Studies and Communication minor. In the summer of 2015, she was an APA Summer Science Fellow at George Mason University, working with Dr. June Tangney on examining the values of incarcerated offenders. She recently completed an honors thesis on the relationship between altruistic tendencies and different forms of a life purpose, and she is also a collaborator on a project regarding victim consciousness in contexts with political conflict. Eliana is broadly interested in the emotional and cognitive motivations and decision-making surrounding empathy, altruism, and prosocial behavior, as well as in the evolutionary psychology of self-interest and human cooperation.
GRADUATE AFFILIATES //
Sinhae is a fifth year graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Penn State University. She is interested in understanding the process of emotional experience and how one can modify this process. Her work focuses on how facilitate the process of emotional recovery after being exposed to emotionally evocative events by using various emotion regulation strategies and different types of psychological intervention. In addition, Sinhae is interested in understanding the role of negative and positive emotions and their interaction in promoting prosocial behaviors. Sinhae obtained her M.A. in clinical psychology from Yonsei University, Korea and her B.A. in psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Danfei is broadly interested in the cognitive and motivational components of emotional processing and emotion regulation. Current projects explore 1) how people control their emotions when bad things happen, and 2) how individuals’ beliefs about emotion impact their motivation and behavior. Danfei obtained her MA in Cognitive Science and MS in Applied Statistics from Columbia University prior coming to Penn State.
Mike works with Dr. Janet Swim and Dr. Daryl Cameron. He is broadly interested in promoting more positive treatment of the environment. Specifically, Mike’s research focuses on how the ways in which we think about, focus on, and define the self impact the ways that we connect to and treat the environment. He is also interested in investigating these and related processes at both the explicit and implicit level, recognizing that the determinants of behavior are not always consciously accessible. Mike has an additional interest in understanding the factors that influence the experience of compassion for animals, and other natural entities, as well as moral judgments about their suffering.
Natalia Van Doren
Natalia’s research examines how, when, and why we regulate our emotions, and how social identity, self-concept, and cultural context influence this process. Natalia is also interested in the social functions of emotions, such as empathy and compassion, and how they shape moral judgment and prosocial behavior, as well as how they vary across different cultures. Natalia obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked with Bob Levenson, Dacher Keltner, and Oliver John. You can find her personal website here.
ROCK ETHICS FELLOW //
Daniel Zahn is a junior majoring in English, Philosophy, and Communication Arts & Sciences. He is a Schreyer Scholar, Paterno Fellow, and member of the Presidential Leadership Academy. Outside of the classroom, Daniel serves as the president of the Mock Trial Association, a Judicial Board Justice for the University Park Undergraduate Association, and as the Development Director for a non-profit he co-founded, F.O.R.M. Consulting. In the past, Daniel served as a research assistant for the Center for Language Science and conducted linguistic research abroad in Benin, West Africa. Daniel will be working with the EMP Lab for spring 2019, as a Rock Ethics Fellow selected to work with Dr. Cameron’s Moral Agency and Moral Development Initiative.
RESEARCH ASSISTANTS //
Taylor Buchness is a Junior majoring in Psychology. She is interested in Industrial Organizational psychology and how empathy impacts the workplace, as well as how it influences the social environment of today. Taylor plans to go to graduate school after completing her undergraduate program. Her hobbies include hiking, painting, and reading. Taylor also completed a McNair Summer Fellowship with Dr. Cameron in 2018, on the relationship between empathy and leadership.
Marco is a senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science at Penn State University. He is interested in the relationship between mindfulness and well-being through the lenses of positive psychology and contemplative science. After graduation, Marco hopes to attend graduate school. He also enjoys playing soccer and football in his free time.
Josie is a Freshman majoring in Psychology with a minor in Labor and Employment Relations. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, which she hopes to do in three years, she plans to go to graduate school for Industrial-Organization Psychology. She is interested in how empathy affects the workplace, particularly leadership and team performance.
Jessica is a Senior double majoring in Psychology (life science option) and Criminology (law option) with a minor in Sociology. Following graduation, she hopes to go on to graduate school for Forensic Psychology. Jess is strongly interested in the aspect of analyzing decision making within criminal behavior.
Jacqueline is currently a senior majoring in Political Science and Psychology. She is broadly interested in forensic psychology and specifically how empathy affects jury decisions as well as how we emphasize differently with racial out groups. After graduation she plans on attending law school.
Cassie is currently a Junior double majoring in Criminology and Psychology. She is interested in exploring why certain individuals commit violent crimes and to what degree their upbringing has to do with it. Cassie hopes to one day be able to study psychopathy in depth and discover what makes criminal psychopaths who they are and commit the actions that they do.
LAB ALUMNI //
Michael Pasek (New School for Social Research)
Nathan Geiger (Indiana University)
Yu Han (University of Vermont)
Xiaotian He (DePaul University)
Stephanie McKee (University of Kentucky)
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