New York University
Department of Psychology
PHD in Neuroscience, 2013
BA in Neurobiology and English Literature, 2005
My research explores the neural basis of human social behaviour, with a focus on morality, altruism, and socio-emotional decision-making. The human social experience centers on resolving competing pressures of harm, fairness, self-interest, and concern for others. The main goal of my research is to understand how the brain detects, values, and assesses these conflicting reward and punishment contingencies, and to examine the role of emotion and its operational power in shaping these social interactions. I combine behavioural economics and social psychology tools with imaging techniques to investigate the brain mechanisms that support these complex processes.
FeldmanHall, O., Sokol-Hessner, P., Van Bavel, J. & Phelps, E A. (In Press). Fairness violations elicit greater punishment on behalf of another than for oneself. Nature Communications
FeldmanHall, O., Dalgleish, T., Evans, D., Mobbs, D. (In Press). Empathic Concern Drives Costly Altruism. NeuroImage
FeldmanHall, O., & Mobbs, D. (In Press) A Neural Network for Moral Decision-Making. In A.W. Toga, & M. D. Lieberman (eds.) Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. Elsevier: Oxford.
FeldmanHall, O., Mobbs, D., & Dalgleish, T. (2013) Deconstructing the Brain's Moral Network: Dissociable Functionality between the Temporoparietal Junction and Ventro-Medial Prefrontal Cortex. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(3), 297-306.
FeldmanHall, O., Dalgleish, T., & Mobbs, D. (2013) Alexithymia decreases altruism in real social decisions. Cortex, 49(3), 899-904.
FeldmanHall, O., Dalgleish, T., Thompson, R., Evans, D., Schweizer, S., & Mobbs, D. (2012) Differential neural circuitry and self-interest in real vs hypothetical moral decisions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7(7), 743-51.
FeldmanHall, O., Mobbs, D., Evans, D., Hiscox, L., Navardy, L., & Dalgleish, T. (2012) What we say and what we do: The relationship between real and hypothetical moral choices. Cognition, 123(3), 434-41.
Mobbs, D., Yu, R., Rowe, J. B., Eich, H., FeldmanHall, O., & Dalgleish, T. (2010) Neural activity associated with monitoring the oscillating threat value of a tarantula. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(47), 20582-6.
Selected Invited Talks:
June 2014 - International Society of Justice Research Conference. New York, NY.
How Do We Restore Justice?
May 2014 - Association for Psychological Science Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.
Social Decision-Making: contextual influences and biological underpinnings.
April 2014 - Raising the Bar, in conjunction with Columbia University, New York University and TimeOut. New York, NY.
The Moral Brain.
June 2013 - Swiss Federation of Clinical Neuro-Societies (SFCNS Congress). Montreux, Switzerland.
Empathy, Pain, and its Social Components.
December 2012 - New York University. New York, NY.
Altruistic and Selfish Actions During Real Moral Challenges.
July 2011 - International Society of Research on Emotion (ISRE). Kyoto, Japan.
Neural Evidence for Real and Hypothetical Moral Decision-making.
April 2011 - The Social Brain Conference. Cambridge, UK.
The Neural Correlates of Real Moral Decision-making.
April 2011 - Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
The Neural Basis of Human Moral Decision-making: An argument for embodied cognition in moral judgments.
September 2010 - The City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, NY.
The Neural Basis of Human Moral Decision-making: A look into the disparity between the idealized and actual moral self and the contextual factors that influence moral judgments.
May 2010 - London School of Economics. Observing, promoting and resisting social change: Perspectives from the Social Sciences, London, UK.
The Truth about Morality: A real time study of moral decision-making.