MindCORE Faculty & Associates

MindCORE brings together faculty and researchers with diverse approaches to the study of the mind, from disciplines across the Arts & Sciences, Medicine, Business, Engineering, and others in order to stimulate and support interdisciplinary investigation in an effort to understand human intelligence and behavior. Central to this goal are the scholarly efforts of our affiliated faculty, senior researchers, postdocs, and graduate students, with formal affiliates defined in two tracks: Faculty & Associates* and Postdocs & Graduate Students.

The benefits available to all of our affiliates include eligibility to apply to the MindCORE Activity Fund for research support, research dissemination, inclusion in networking and professional development events, and invitations to conferences and seminars. To become a MindCORE Faculty member or Associate, please apply here.

*Associates are senior researchers who may hold staff positions.


Behavioral and Decision Sciences

Eugen Dimant
Experimental behavioral economics, behavioral ethics, crime economics, corruption



Erol Akcay
Social evolution, evolution of behavior, evolutionary and ecological theory

J. Nicholas Betley
How the brain senses, processes, and prioritizes sensory information to guide behavior

Nancy Bonini
Using the fly Drosophila to study human neurodegenerative disease

Yun Ding
Understanding how genes and nervous systems evolve to encode novel behavioral patterns

Joshua B. Plotkin
Evolutionary theory, cooperation

Marc Schmidt
Using songbirds to study the neural bases of vocal production and sensorimotor integration



Dani Bassett
The study of biological, physical, and social systems by using and developing tools from network science and complex systems theory

Konrad Kording
Data that matters, causality, uncertainty, deep learning, neurotech

Brian Litt
Implantable brain devices to treat disease, epilepsy, machine learning, data mining and cloud computing, neuroimaging, systems neuroscience


Business Economics and Public Policy

Corinne Low
Labor, Development, Experimental, Family, Gender



Dolores Albarracin
Cognitive and motivational processes of behavioral change, social cognition, language and social representations

Emily Falk
Taking an interdisciplinary communication neuroscience approach to link neural activity to behaviors at the individual, group and population levels

David Lydon-Staley
Focusing on fluctuations in brain, behavior, and environment to provide insight into substance use, emotion regulation, and curiosity across the lifespan

Andy Tan
Examining the impact of marketing, media, and public health messages on health behaviors and outcomes among diverse populations


Computer and Information Science

Chris Callison-Burch
Natural language processing, crowdsourcing

Lyle Ungar
Developing scalable machine learning and text mining methods for natural language, psychology, and medical research



Anthony Braga
The prevention of crime at problem places, the control of gang violence, and reductions in access to firearms by criminals

Adrian Raine
Neurobiology of antisocial behavior in children and adults



Jere Behrman
The determinants and impacts of human resources over the life cycle, particularly in developing countries

Etan Green
Expert judgment and decision making



Sharon Wolf
How children’s family and educational environments shape their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral development, focusing on disadvantaged populations in the United States and in low-income countries


Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Nazli Bhatia
Negotiation, rhetorical strategies

Nina Strohminger
Approaching key questions in business ethics through the lens of psychology



David Embick
Language and the brain

Jami Fisher
Documenting and analyzing Philadelphia-area ASL, university-deaf community partnerships and collaboration, sign languages in the linguistic landscape

Jianjing Kuang
Phonetics, speech production and perception

Julie Anne Legate
Syntactic theory, syntax and morphology of endangered/understudied/typologically interesting languages, language acquisition

Mark Liberman
Speech, language, and communication

Anna Papafragou
Language acquisition and processing, relation between language and cognition

Gareth Roberts
Language evolution, language change, language variation, cultural evolution, experimental semiotics, social interaction

Martin Salzmann
Syntactic theory, syntax-morphology interface, syntax-semantics interface, micro-variation

Kathryn Schuler
Understanding how children learn languages (especially aspects of morphology and syntax) and why they are so much better than adults at doing it

Florian Schwarz
How people understand language in context

Meredith Tamminga
Language variation and change, sociolinguistic cognition, quantitative methods

Charles Yang
Language, computation, and cognitive science



John McCoy
Judgment and decision making, computational cognitive science, and crowd wisdom

Gideon Nave
Reverse-engineering the decision-making process in humans



Geoffrey K Aguirre
Translational vision science

Anjan Chatterjee
Spatial cognition and language, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics

Ana Cristancho
Epigenetics of prenatal brain injury

Erin Conrad
Using quantitative EEG analysis to improve how we diagnose and treat epilepsy

John Detre
Using functional imaging methods to study brain function 

Kathryn A. Davis
Utilizing invasive neurophysiology and neuroimaging to better localize epileptic networks in medication refractory epilepsy patients

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia
Molecular basis or resilience and repair of neural circuits after traumatic brain injury

Jay Gottfried
Using multidisciplinary techniques to elucidate perception, learning, and memory through the lens of the olfactory system

Murray Grossman
Neurobiological basis for cognitive disorders in patients with focal neurodegenerative conditions, focusing on semantic, grammatical and discourse aspects of language

Roy Hamilton
Noninvasive neuromodulation, neuroplasticity, language, treatment interventions for cognitive deficits

Brian Litt
Implantable brain devices to treat disease, epilepsy, machine learning, data mining and cloud computing, neuroimaging, systems neuroscience

Corey McMillan
Biological and cognitive bases of neurodegenerative disease

Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton
Assessment and non-pharmacological intervention in cognitive aging and neurodegenerative diseases

Donna Stevenson
Neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, learning disabilities, and developmental delay

Flavia Vitale
Novel multimodal interfaces to study monitor and modulate brain circuits to study function, behavior and disease



Joel Stein
Functional neuroimaging in epilepsy, brain imaging biomarkers using portable MRI



Shinjae Chung
Neural circuit mechanisms underlying sleep and emotional regulation

Greg Corder
How does the brain construct the experience of pain?

John Dani
Mechanisms underlying learning, memory, mental disorders, and drug addiction mainly in rodent animal

Marc Fuccillo
Understanding how neural circuits generate and regulate mouse behavior, from simple motor patterns to complex goal-directed actions

Maria Geffen
Cortical mechanisms for auditory perception and learning

Joshua Gold
Learning, arousal, and decision-making in the primate brain

Brian M. Salzberg
Development of optical tools for studying the brain, including voltage-sensitive dyes and light scattering

Robert Smith
How retinal circuitry processes visual signals



Pamela Cacchione
Technology in cognitively impaired older adults, sensory impairment in nursing home elders, geropsychiatric conditions in older adults


Operations, Information and Decisions

Steven O. Kimbrough
Computational decision models, whether from nature or artificial

Katherine Milkman
Experimental economics, behavioral economics, judgment and decision making



Yale Cohen
Understanding the representation of auditory information in the cortex

Maria Geffen
Cortical mechanisms for auditory perception and learning


People Analytics

Matt Killingsworth
The nature and causes of human happiness



Cristina Bicchieri
Behavioral decision science, behavioral ethics, social norms

Gary Hatfield
Philosophy and psychology of visual perception; philosophy and history of psychology

Daniele Lorenzini
Post-Kantian European philosophy, social & political philosophy

Jennifer Morton
Philosophy of action, moral philosophy, philosophy of education, political philosophy

Daniel J. Singer
Using agent-based computer models to investigate how group agents (including group minds) are constituted by their individual constituents

Scott Weinstein
Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, Cognitive Science

Michael Weisberg
The construction, development, and analysis of theories and models in computationally complex sciences


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Michelle Johnson
Robot-mediated rehabilitation; the investigation and rehabilitation of dysfunction


Physics & Astronomy

Vijay Balasubramanian
How natural systems manipulate and process information, producing new forms of self-organization

Philip Nelson

Arjun G. Yodh
Development and application of diffuse optical technologies for probing brain physiology



Nicholas Balderston
Developing and testing brain-behavior hypotheses aimed at understanding the mechanisms that mediate clinical anxiety

Rinad Beidas
Implementation science; children’s behavioral health

Edward (“Ted”) Brodkin
Neurobiology of social behavior development; genomics of autism spectrum disorder; translational and treatment research on autism spectrum disorder

John Herrington
Using psychotherapy to treat anxiety disorders among children with developmental and intellectual disabilities

Matthew Hocking
Neurodevelopmental consequences of childhood cancer

Henry Kranzler
Genetics and pharmacogenetics of alcohol and drug use disorders

Desmond Oathes
Probing and modulating neural circuits contributing to affective illness using TMS/fMRI, behavior and psychophysiological measures

Iris Paltin
The late effects of pediatric cancer and CNS impacting diseases

Juhi Pandey
Early detection of autism spectrum disorders; brain behavior relationships; developmental trajectories of symptomatology

Ted Satterthwaite
Psychiatric and developmental neuroimaging

Hannah Schofield
Cognitive sequelae of oncology conditions and treatment (e.g., intrathecal chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants)

Yvette Sheline
Identify brain markers of depression and anxiety treatment response across disorders using structural and functional neuroimaging, and improve strategies for brain neuromodulation



Coren Apicella
Evolutionary origins of human social behavior

Michael Arcaro
Mammalian vision, development of sensory systems

Jonathan Baron
Actively open-minded thinking, judgments concerning public policy

Sudeep Bhatia
Judgment and decision making, computational/cognitive modelling

David Brainard
Visual perception

Elizabeth M Brannon
Cognitive and neural bases of numerical cognition

Johannes Burge
Natural scene statistics, computational vision, depth perception;, motion perception

Jeremy Clifton
Primal world beliefs, with a secondary focus on measurement

Delphine Dahan
Understanding the workings of the mind when people use language to communicate

Rob DeRubeis
Applications of predictions from linear models and machine learning to precision mental health

Angela Duckworth
Research focuses on two traits that predict achievement: grit and self-control

Russell Epstein
Neural mechanisms underlying high-level vision and spatial navigation

Martha Farah
The interface of neuroscience and society

Lori Flanagan-Cato
Neuroscience as a gateway in STEM outreach

Geoff Goodwin
Moral judgment, social cognition, and thinking

Jay Gottfried
Using multidisciplinary techniques to elucidate perception, learning, and memory through the lens of the olfactory system

Michael Kahana
Human memory and its neural mechanisms: especially episodic memory, spatial memory, and recognition memory

Joseph Kable
Understanding how people make decisions, and to trace out the psychological and neural mechanisms of choice

Adrianna Jenkins
Human social cognition and its relationship to other cognitive systems; psychological and neural mechanisms of flexible human social behavior

Allyson Mackey
Human brain plasticity and development, learning

Barbara Mellers
Judgment and decision making, perceptions of fairness, effects of emotions on choice, contextual effects and response mode effects

Michael Platt
Animal learning and behavior, control of action, decision processes, individual differences and behavior genetics

Ayelet Meron Ruscio
Advance understanding of anxiety and depression by investigating their relationship to one another and to normal emotional experiences

Nicole Rust
Understanding the neural basis of visual memory

Anna Schapiro
Memory, learning, neural network modeling, sleep, consolidation, hippocampal-cortical interactions

Martin Seligman
Prospection, positive psychology

Robert Seyfarth
Animal behavior and cognition

Saul Sternberg
Reaction time methods and models; visual encoding and retrieval; timing; perception of time, temporal order; movement sequence production (speech, typing); memory search; process decomposition

Alan Stocker
Information processing in the brain

Daniel Swingley
Language learning, experiments with infants and toddlers, models of perceptual category learning, phonetics of child-directed speech, word learning in infants and children

Philip Tetlock
Political cognition

Sharon Thompson-Schill
Biological bases of human cognitive systems – perception, memory, language, thought, cognitive control – and the interrelations among these systems

John Trueswell
Word learning, grammar learning, and real-time language comprehension

Rebecca Waller
The developmental origins of antisocial behavior, including the neural processes underlying risk for aggression, callousness, and substance use


Religious Studies

Donovan Schaefer
Affect theory, role of emotion in knowledge production


Wharton Neuroscience Initiative

Zab Johnson
How human observers look and navigate through the world, how these processes unfold over time and with experience, and the role of social cognition and decision making in these processes