Azim Shariff is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and director of the CaML. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2004, and his doctoral degree at the University of British Columbia in 2010. He then brain-drained to America where he spent 6 years at the University of Oregon. He started at UCI in 2016.
Stephanie is a fourth year doctoral student interested in how developmental, cultural and contextual influences affect religiosity and moral decision making. She also studies religious and other ideological groups as coalitions. Stephanie hails from the show-me state and thinks that cultures of honor are underrated. As of 2016, Stephanie has also begun working at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC.
Zhen is a fourth year clinical psychology doctoral student broadly interested in researching people’s stereotypes, biases, and stigma. She is particularly interested in finding innovative ways to reduce mental illness stigma among Asian Americans, understanding people’s attitudes and perceptions of atheists and theists, and developing psychological interventions to combat stereotype threat and to increase participation and diversity in STEM fields and in academia. Zhen is also a proud Northwestern Wildcat (who is slowly liking the Ducks) and hails from the Windy City!
Colton Christian is a doctoral student interested in interpersonal perception. Colton is currently studying how power produces a number of functional biases related to the perception of anger. More specifically, he’s interested in whether powerful people (or people primed with power) are more likely to infer that someone else is expressing anger compared to powerless people (or people who aren’t primed with power).
Brian is a third year doctoral student broadly interested in all things relevant to morality. Brian is currently studying hypocrisy, with a particular focus on morally-relevant issues therein, from two angles: 1) understanding how and why adhering to moral intuitions, personal beliefs, and expressed attitudes conflicts with self-interest and other moral intuitions (basically, what makes people hypocrites) and 2) understanding how and why people attribute hypocrisy as an explanation of others’ behavior (basically, what makes people call other people hypocrites).
Erik earned his BS in Psychology and BA in Chemistry from the Ohio State University. Prior to attending UO, he worked for John Cacioppo and Louise Hawkley as a Research Project Manager at the Social Neuroscience Lab at the University of Chicago. He is primarily interested in the biopsychological effects of stability in social hierarchies as well as the consequences of status and power for stress, immunity, and health.
Will is a third year doctoral student primarily interested in the development of social influences on value computation. Central to this work is a focus on combining approaches from several different levels of analysis in order to robustly explore the neuroscience of social cognition. Additional interests include neuroeconomics, moral decision making, anarchogenetics, tail-having things, dissent, borders, chaos, almonds, islands, chambers, neurds, boxen, cyborg discourse, lumping, splitting, and opening sources.
Joe is a second year doctoral student primarily working in the developmental area. In addition to interests in theory of mind and perspective taking, he is also curious about how human minds utilize beliefs and values to create and maintain worldviews in various domains, including the moral and the spiritual.
Adam is a senior double majoring in Psychology & Biology, with an emphasis in Neuroscience. While his interests are broad in the field of Psychology, he plans to pursue a doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience, where he is interested in working with neuroimaging (fMRI) to investigate the neurobiological mechanisms of religious and non-religious beliefs, experiences, and their associated differences. In addition to working with the Culture and Morality lab, Adam is also a Resident Assistant for University Housing, where he serves as an academic mentor for students living in the residence halls and encourages them to get involved in scientific research on campus.
Shanna is a departmental honor student double majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies and is a minor in Philosophy. Her interests include situation and applied ethics, moral psychology, and liberation theology. She plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology after graduating from the UO. She enjoys reading the existentialists, hiking, spending time with friends and family, writing fiction, baking vegan desserts… and indulging in the consumption.
Thomas was our lab manager from 2010 to 2011. He now co-owns and runs downtown Eugene’s hottest coffeeshop/bar, The Barn Light, with a second location opening this summer.
Cassie earned her B.S. in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon, and was an RA, honors student and eventually lab manager in the CaML (as well as the Social Psychoneuroendocrinology Lab). She is interested in the intersection of social, biological, and clinical variables, and as of Fall 2016, has started her PhD with Jennifer Tackett at Northwestern University. Cassie enjoys culinary pursuits, comedy, Freddie Mercury, Keanu Reeves, and music from the golden age of the 1990s.