Jonathan B. Freeman
New York University
Department of Psychology
6 Washington Place, 769
New York, NY 10003
is Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University and director of the Social
Cognitive & Neural Sciences Lab. He received his Ph.D. from Tufts University
and was on the faculty at Dartmouth College before coming to NYU in 2014.
Broadly, his research focuses on the cognitive and neural
basis of person perception. He studies the mechanisms
underlying basic ways we see and understand other people,
including social categories and group membership (e.g.,
gender, race), personality traits, and emotion.
Specifically, his work
examines how social dimensions are perceived via multiple
facial, vocal, bodily, and contextual cues; and
how such lower-level perceptual processes interact with
higher-order social cognition and prior social and cultural
knowledge to shape construals. He is additionally interested
in how cognitive and neural dynamics during the person
perception process predict downstream social behavior. He takes an integrative
and multi-level approach in examining these phenomena,
incorporating insights across social psychology and the
cognitive, vision, and neural sciences. His studies use a
wide range of methodologies, including functional neuroimaging, electrophysiology, real-time behavioral
techniques (e.g., computer mouse-tracking), and
computational modeling. He is also the developer of the data
collection and analysis software, MouseTracker.
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