Social Brain and Behavior

The Social Brain and Behavior is a primary focus of the following BHRI members' research:

Joshua Albrecht, Ph.D.

Music perception and cognition, with a special focus on music and emotion, systematic musicology, and behavioral impacts of music involvement

Tina Bhargava, Ph.D.

Dr. Bhargava's current work uses a "mental bandwidth" lens to better understand and determine effective action for increasing equity in health services, higher education, workplaces, and society in general.  

Heather Caldwell, Ph.D.

The roles of the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin in development, the modulation of behavior, and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Mary Himmelstein, Ph.D.

I examine how overlapping social identities (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, weight) contribute to health via social stigma, stress, and coping. Current projects explore weight stigma in healthcare and social factors in cardiometabolic disease.

Will Kalkhoff, Ph.D.

I am a neurosociologist who studies group dynamics using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.

Mary Ann Raghanti, Ph.D.

The focus of my lab is human brain evolution. We compare the human brain to those of other species to gain an understanding of the human phenotype. Two major themes in the lab are neurotransmitters and pathology (e.g. Alzheimer's disease).

Jennifer Roche, Ph.D.

My research focuses on communication, cognition, and decision making in a social context. 

Rafaela Takeshita, Ph.D.

My research focuses on role of steroid hormones in primate physiology and social behavior, with emphasis on how adrenarche may interface with brain evolution.