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Graduate Students:

  • Andy Arnold – graduated from Knox College in 2008 with an Honors degree in Neuroscience, and minors in Psychology and Chemistry.  He has research experience in behavioral and molecular neuroscience and cognitive and social psychology.  This included completing an MA in Psychology at the University of Chicago with Dr. John Cacioppo in 2011, as well as stints working at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.  Andy joined the Winkielman lab in 2013 and has a broad range of research interests in the social-biological realm, including empathy, loneliness, embodiment, mimicry, and interoception.
  • Evan Carr – graduated from Cornell University in 2011 where he specialized in marketing, strategy, and information systems. He joined Piotr Winkielman’s lab as a graduate student in 2012.  Evan held positions as a Research Assistant, Confederate, and Project Manager for Dr. Joseph Mikels and Dr. Vivian Zayas in the Cornell Psychology department studying emotion-cognition interactions, decision making strategy, affective working memory, and neural responses to relationship cues via EEG.  Now, his interests include topics in social neuroscience such as embodiment, consciousness, emotion-regulation, and automaticity using methods in psychophysiology.
  • Galit Hofree – graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and a minor in Mathematics. After a stint in the tech industry developing graphical user interfaces, she joined Piotr Winkielman’s lab in 2008. She is particularly interested in how our emotional states interact with and influence complex cognitive processes, such as decision making and social interaction. To tackle these topics she has used both behavioral and physiological methods and hopes to expand into other neuroscience methodologies.
  • Liam Kavanagh –  has been in the lab since 2008 exploring human mimicry, embodied cognition, and the cognitive benefits of social interaction. Before returning to graduate school, he worked as an applied economics researcher in both New York and Tanzania studying such diverse topics as international growth rates, financial reforms, land rights, resource management, and foreign investment. His experiences here convinced him that prevailing academic perspective underemphasize the fact that man is an inherently social animal, a realization which drew him to social psychology and still influences his choice of research topics. A few additional research interests going forward are time perception, meditation, and morality.


  • Christelle Gillioz. I graduated from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) with a M.Sc. in psychology. Decided to follow my interest in language comprehension and did a Ph.D in psycholinguistics at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) where I investigated how readers construct mental representations of emotion during reading. I then spent a year as a postdoc at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, working on the GRID project, a world-wide study of the semantics of emotion terms using a componential approach. I got a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to join your lab for 18 months and investigate the tight relationship between reading and emotion, in terms of the comprehension of fictional characters’ emotional states and emotions elicited during reading.

Undergradute Students (past and present):

  • Rachel Jansen, Divya Krishnakumar, Michelle Chung, Alyssa Vu, Joshua Lim, Jonathan Castelo, Paul Gurule (and many more, TBA)

Lab PhD Alumni:

  • Troy Chenier, Tedra Clark (Fazendeiro), Julie Wilbarger, Aimee Reichmann-Decker, Lindsay Shenk (Oberman)

Lab Visitors:

  • Jenny-Charlotte Baumeister  (Trieste, Italy), Boris Bornemann (Berlin, Germany), Giti Bakhtiari (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Marieke De Vries (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Michal Olszanowski (Warsaw, Poland), Marco Warth (Mannheim, Germany), Mario Reutter (Wuerzburg, Germany), Natalie Dalle (Clairmont-Ferrand, France), Robert Balas (Warsaw, Poland), Suzanne Oosterweijk (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Yaacov Shul (Jerusalem, Israel), Johanna Rohr (Mannheim, Germany), Ira Theresa Maschmann (Wuerzburg, Germany).