Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Director, Neuromodulation Lab, Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, UCLA
Member, Brain Research Institute, UCLA
I am a systems neuroscientist interested in the neural systems and functional mechanisms of social cognition, with emphasis on imitation, empathy, and prosocial decision making, including altruism and morality. I use brain imaging to describe neural systems relevant to these behaviors and non invasive brain stimulation to modulate neural activity, hence establishing whether down- or up-regulation of these neural systems can lead to behavioral changes.