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, personality traits, and emotion.
Specifically, his work
examines how social dimensions are perceived from facial
cues — in addition to vocal, bodily, and contextual cues — and
how these lower-level sensory processes interact with
higher-order social cognition and prior social and cultural
knowledge to shape perceptions. He is additionally interested
in how cognitive and neural dynamics during initial perceptions 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 brain-imaging (fMRI), electrophysiology (EEG/ERP), real-time behavioral
techniques (mouse-tracking), and
computational modeling. He is also the developer of the data
collection and analysis software, MouseTracker.
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