What I do
I study decision-making and emotion, integrating the perspectives and methods associated with different fields, including cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral economics, to understand how we assess value, how we use value to guide behavior, and the ways that emotion is integrated into those processes. For more, check my lab website at http://www.sokolhessnerlab.com/.
I find that teaching always reinvigorates and inspires me as a researcher. I emphasize active classrooms and try to bring my students closer to the ideas at work in the science of the mind and brain. Too often, great ideas are hidden behind jargon or otherwise made less accessible than they should be. I strive to remove those blocks for and with my students, and empower my students with the knowledge that they can understand and find value in any science.
I also believe that being an effective scientist is about more than just the science: part of training in science should be an appreciation for the diverse paths other scientists have taken, and the value of one's own professional development path. To that end, I founded Paths In Psychological Science (PIPS; https://www.du.edu/ahss/psychology/pips/) in 2017 for trainees in DU's Department of Psychology, and I've taken an active role in Department working groups focused on mentorship and professional development.
- Ph.D., Psychology, New York University, 2010
- MA, Psychology, New York University, 2007
- BA, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2004
- Colorado Affective Science Laboratories
- Social and Affective Neuroscience Society
- Society for Affective Science
- Society for Neuroeconomics
- Society for Neuroscience
- NeuroLeadership Application of Science Award, NeuroLeadership Institute