Current Students

Graduate Students

Siyun Chen, Visiting Graduate Student, Psychology & Sustainability

My research focuses on consumer judgment and decision-making in marketing contexts with moral and/or prosocial implications, such as consumer minimalism, sustainability, and moral behavior. My work also examines consumers’ own prosocial and immoral behaviors in the marketplace. Specifically, my research takes a multi-method approach (using secondary data, field studies, and experiments) to explore how consumers respond to various company practices with negative moral implications (e.g., moral transgressions, waste, and profitability). I also conduct research on cross-cultural consumer behavior, and in particular, the ways cultural values shape consumer moral judgment and prosocial/immoral behaviors in the marketplace. My work appears in Psychology & Marketing, Frontiers in Psychology, and Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, among others.


Tanner Nichols, Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology


Hwayong Shin, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science

I’m a doctoral student in political science at the University of Michigan. I am currently working on two projects in the lab: 1) developing a scale to measure tendencies to engage in evidence-based reasoning, and 2) developing instructional modules that aim to encourage evidence-based reasoning. My dissertation research explores ways to build bipartisan trust in fact-checking sources.


Jian Sun, AMDP Graduate Student, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

My name is Jian Sun, and I am an AMDP graduate student in the department of psychology. I am currently working on an fMRI project investigating people’s emotional reactions to historic buildings. My research interests focus on emotion, fMRI, and cognitive neuroscience. For fun, I like to read novels and try new foods!


Undergraduate Students

Alex Andersen, Psychology & Sustainability

I’m really interested in the social and environmental factors that influence people’s attitudes toward sustainability, as well as their environmental stewardship behaviors. Outside of school, I love photography and inventing new recipes.


Sarah Hegel, Neuroscience

My name is Sarah Hegel and I am a pre-med junior studying neuroscience. I am currently working on a project linking hoarding behavior and the endowment effect. I am particularly interested in empathy and its effect on decision-making. I often spend my free time with friends, baking, and reading.


Jackson Hoffman, Neuroscience & Psychology

My name is Jackson and I am a senior majoring in neuroscience and psychology. I am currently helping investigate empathy interventions in care providers and am especially interested in promoting empathy both in and out of clinical contexts.


Robert Hsu, Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience

The area of research I am particularly interested in is valuation and decision making. I like to consider how the mind attributes value and how that affects action selection and other outcomes. I often spend my free time working out, catching up with friends, and cooking.


Anusha Kallapur, Cognitive Science, Decision and Cognition Track

I am interested in the science of decision making in different situations and under different influences. I am currently working on a project to integrate science and literature. In my free time, I enjoy going for long walks around the campus and practicing music.


Keithan Lee, Neuroscience

My name is Keithan, and I am a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience. I am really interested in how people perceive their surroundings and how it influences them. I am currently working on a project investigating people’s responses to historical buildings. In my free time, I enjoy practicing Tae-Kwon-Do and swimming!


Russell Noble, Cognitive Science (Cognition and Decision Track)

I am broadly interested in the role of emotion in decision making. In the lab I have worked on projects examining people’s donations to charities when competing political views are involved and projects about individuals’ tendencies to acquire and hoard items. When I have the time, I enjoy trying new foods and cooking.


Sara Schlatner, Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience

I am interested in how emotions and empathy affect resource allocation and decision-making. I am currently working on the Jaffe Project to teach people how to use evidence-based reasoning. In my free time I like to spend time with friends, go on walks, and bake!


Ami Suresh, Neuroscience

I am currently working on the Jaffe project, which teaches people how to use evidence-based reasoning, and I am particularly interested in behavioral neuroscience and psychology. For fun, I like to mess around on the piano and arrange music.


Anita Weng, Psychology

My name is Anita Weng and I’m a junior studying Psychology. I’m interested in factors that shape people’s views on the environment and their willingness to engage in pro-environmental behavior. In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, and listening to music.


Research Affiliates

Puneet Bhargava

Substantive areas of my interest include perception and decision-making. As part of the Jaffe project, I am creating cartoon animations that help people learn how to use evidence-based reasoning, and in my free time I enjoy physical fitness activities such as yoga, jogging, and weight training.



Ecological Neuroscience Lab
Stephanie D. Preston

University of Michigan
Department of Psychology
3040 East Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tel: (734) 764-5264
Fax: (734) 764-3520
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