Our Research

The social world is infinitely complex. How do we navigate this complexity, connect with others, and form meaningful relationships? Why and how do these processes go awry in psychopathology?

Our research in the Social Cognition & Psychopathology (SCP) Lab focuses on the basic science of how we process social information, make meaningful social connections, and how these processes vary across the full spectrum of health and psychiatric illness with a particular focus on schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. We use a multi-method approach that includes neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and experience-sampling.

Other areas of research in the SCP Lab include: interventions for impaired social cognition, the assessment of mental state understanding, and the impact of the social environment and different experiences (e.g., fiction reading) on mental state understanding and social disconnection.