I’m a neuroscientist and psychologist studying the neural basis of social perception and categorization. A main focus of my lab is to understand how people categorize their subjective experiences-- particularly mental state categories for affect (e.g. evaluative categories like 'good' and 'bad' or hedonic categories like 'pleasant' and 'unpleasant') and emotions (e.g. 'fear', 'anger', 'happiness') . A long-term goal of his work is to enable predictions–using neuroscience–for the kinds of categories people use to describe their experience. This may help us understand what another person’s subjective experience is like (i.e. bridging the subjectivity gap), and may also help inform questions of enduring theoretical interest, such as, when do people’s subjective experiences match their behaviors, and whether and how our categories also shape experience. I'm an assistant professor at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.