Oriel FeldmanHall


Oriel FeldmanHall received her Doctorate from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University before coming to Brown. In 2016, Dr. FeldmanHall won the Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award, in recognition of innovative work that has already advanced the field. She also recently won the prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, which provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research.

How do we learn who to trust, how to cooperate, when to reciprocate, and what to do when we have been treated unfairly? How do humans learn about reward and punishment contingencies during social interactions? Dr FeldmanHall's research seeks to disentangle the cognitive and neural processes behind the complex choices that form the basis of human social behavior. She aims to understand how the brain detects, values, and assesses conflicting reward and punishment contingencies during moral dilemmas, and to examine the role of emotion and its operational power in shaping these social interactions. She merges multiple different fields, including behavioral economics and social psychology, with imaging and psychophysiological techniques to investigate the brain mechanisms that support these complex processes. Find out more at http://www.feldmanhalllab.com/


  • CLPS700 Social Psychology
  • CLPS1760 The Moral Brain

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