University of Nevada, Reno, B.A.
UCLA Department of Psychology 1285 Franz Hall
When we empathize with others, why are we sometimes motivated to help and sometimes walk away? How do different types of empathy (cognitive and affective) change how the recipient of empathy feels and acts? I am interested in the neural correlates of cognitive and affective empathy, the decision-making process that leads from an empathic state to prosocial action, and how the relationship between empathizer and recipient of empathy can influence recipients' positive outcomes and downstream prosocial behavior.