New York University
Department of Psychology
PHD in Neuroscience, 2012
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., Mobbs, D., & Dalgleish, T. (2012) Deconstructing the Brain's Moral Network: Dissociable Functionality between the Temporoparietal Junction and Ventro-Medial Prefrontal Cortex. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
FeldmanHall, O., Dalgleish, T., & Mobbs, D. (2012) Alexithymia decreases altruism in real social decisions. Cortex.
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.
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):434-441.
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), 20582-20586.
Neural Evidence for Real and Hypothetical Moral Decision-making.
Invited Talk and Session Chair, International Society of Research on Emotion (ISRE), Kyoto, Japan. July 2011
The Neural Correlates of Real Moral Decision-making.
Invited Lecture, The Social Brain Conference. Cambridge, UK. April 2011
The Neural Basis of Human Moral Decision-making: An argument for embodied cognition in moral judgments.
Invited Talk, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA. April 2011
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.
Invited Lecture, The City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, NY. September 2010.
Without Morals: The history of power, influence and the moral self.
Invited Lecture, Oxbridge Academic Programs, Cambridge, UK. July 2010.
The Truth about Morality: A real time study of moral decision-making.
Invited Lecture, Observing, promoting and resisting social change: Perspectives from the Social Sciences Conference. London School of Economics, London, UK. May 2010.
What We Say and What We Do: A real time study of moral decision-making.
Invited Seminar, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK. April 2010.