2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows

ting li

Ting Li

Ting Li joined the lab in the summer of 2011. She works as an undergraduate research assistant on our Sacred Values projects. She is currently studying in Emory University. She double majors in psychology and neuroscience and behavioral biology (NBB).

Research Proposal Abstract:

The proposed study will examine the influence of a person¿s political stance on the neural responses of empathy in the functional MRI machine. By presenting pictures of wounded humans from conditions of wars, conflicts or political violence, we expect to see empathic reactions in subjects. Statements of American interventions in the selected conditions and explanations of the political interests of the United States will then be informed. We are interested in finding out whether opposing national political interests will in fact suppress the activation of the empathic reaction of the brain for a particular wounded victim resulted from our foreign policy. It will provide us with a further understanding of the flexibility and adaptive values of empathy. 

 

 

Robert Lunde

Robert Lunde

Robert will use MVPA (Multi Voxel Pattern Analysis) to analyze data from the Sacred Value projects. He will graduate in the fall with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Economics. Robert studied abroad his junior year at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Economics Honors Society and Phi Beta Kappa and is a recipient of the Deborah Jackson award from the Math Department. He hopes to attend graduate school after graduation.

Research Proposal Abstract:

Multi Voxel Pattern Analysis (MVPA) is a relatively new tool that offers the potential to detect overall changes in brain activity that single-voxel analyses may fail to detect. By using this tool, it may be possible to detect additional spatial and temporal differences in brain activity when subjects are presented with sacred values opposed to non-sacred values, building on the results of Berns et al (2012).