My research focuses on social cognitive neuroscience and uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to examine how we make sense of others, ourselves, and the relation between these. More specifically we focus on mentalizing, persuasion and the spread of ideas, empathy, emotion regulation, and self-knowledge. We also focus on the applications of these findings for education, business, and other organizations. For an overview, see my book "Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect".
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Person Perception
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
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Lieberman, M. D. (2013). Social: Why our brains are wired to connect. New York: Crown.
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- Morelli, S. A., Rameson, L. T., & Lieberman, M. D. (in press). The neural components of empathy: Predicting daily prosocial behavior. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
- Pfeifer, J. H., Lieberman, M. D., & Dapretto, M. (2007). "I know you are but what am I?!": Neural bases of self- and social knowledge retrieval in children and adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(8), 1323-1337.
- Falk, E. B., Morelli, S. A., Welbourn, B. L., Dambacher, K., & Lieberman, M. D. (2013). Creating buzz: The neural correlates of effective message propagation. Psychological Science, 24(7), 1234-1242.
- Lieberman, M. D., Eisengerger, N. I., Crockett, M. J., Tom, S. M., Pfeifer, J. H., & Way, B. M. (2007). Putting feelings into words: Affect labeling disrupts amygdala activity in response to affective stimuli. Psychological Science, 18(5), 421-428.
- Spunt, R. P. & Lieberman, M. D. (2013). The busy social brain: Evidence for automaticity and control in the neural systems supporting social cognition and action understanding. Psychological Science, 24, 80-86.
- Meyer, M. L., Spunt, R. P., Berkman, E. T., Taylor, S. E., & Lieberman, M. D. (2012). Evidence for social working memory from a parametric functional MRI study. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 1883-1888.
- Lieberman, M. D. (2012). Education and the social brain. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 1 3-9.
- Lieberman, M. D., Inagaki, T. K., Tabibnia, G., & Crockett, M. J. (2011). Subjective responses to emotional stimuli during labeling, reappraisal, and distraction. Emotion, 11, 468-480.
- Berkman, E. T., Falk, E. B., & Lieberman, M. D. (2011). In the trenches of real-world self-control: Neural correlates of breaking the link between craving and smoking. Psychological Science, 22, 498-506 .
- Lieberman, M. D. (2007). Social cognitive neuroscience: A review of core processes. Annual Review of Psychology, 58, 259-289.
- Lieberman, M. D., Hariri, A., Jarcho, J. J., Eisenberger, N. I., & Bookheimer, S. Y. (2005). An fMRI investigation of race-related amygdala activity in African-American and Caucasian-American individuals. Nature Neuroscience, 8, 720-722.
- Lieberman, M. D., Jarcho, J. M., & Satpute, A. B. (2004). Evidence-based and intuition-based self-knowledge: An fMRI study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 421-435.
- Eisenberger, N. I., Lieberman, M. D., & Williams, K. D. (2003). Does rejection hurt? An fMRI study of social exclusion. Science, 302, 290-292.
- Lieberman, M. D., Gaunt, R., Gilbert, D. T., & Trope, Y. (2002). Reflexion and reflection: A social cognitive neuroscience approach to attributional inference. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 34, 199-249.
- Ochsner, K. N., & Lieberman, M. D. (2001). The emergence of social cognitive neuroscience. American Psychologist, 56, 717-734.
- Lieberman, M. D., Ochsner, K. N., Gilbert, D. T., & Schacter, D. L. (2001). Do amnesics exhibit cognitive dissonance reduction? The role of explicit memory and attention in attitude change. Psychological Science, 12, 135-140.
- Lieberman, M. D. (2000). Intuition: A social cognitive neuroscience approach. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 109-137.
Department of Psychology
Franz Hall, UCLA
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
- Phone: (310) 206-4050
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