I was born and lived in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) for over 23 years. More specifically, I was located in the eastern region of Scarborough. I graduate from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) in 2013 after completing degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology. During my time at UTSC, I was a research assistant and lab manager for Dr. Michael Inzlicht’s Toronto Laboratory for Social Neuroscience and Dr. Elizabeth Page-Gould’s Embodied Social Cognition Lab.
After completing my undergraduate studies, I re-located to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa. Working with Dr. Daryl Cameron, I obtained my Master’s degree in Psychology, branching together my interests in morality, self-regulation, empathy, and social neuroscience. I was a participant of the NIH-funded T32 training program, through which I was able to rotate in Dr. Daniel Tranel’s Neuropsychology Lab and Dr. Jan Wessel’s Cognitive Neurology Lab. Both opportunities provided me with experience with the Iowa Lesion Patient Registry as well as EEG methods.
I am currently located in State College, Pennsylvania where I attend Penn State University for my doctoral degree. Outside of my research I enjoy being a gym rat, playing competitive basketball and volleyball, and engaging in the occasional binge watching of Family Guy and The Simpsons.
I am examining the reasons why people avoid feeling prosocial emotions like empathy and compassion for others using multiple levels of analysis. I currently operate under the framework that empathy is a choice, and that more work can be done to model this choice phase (Cameron, Inzlicht, & Cunningham, under review). Through the use of novel empathy regulation methods (i.e., The Empathy Selection Task; Cameron, Hutcherson, Ferguson, Scheffer, & Inzlicht, under review; Scheffer, Cameron, & Inzlicht, in prep), I am studying when and why people avoid feeling empathy and compassion for others. Additionally, I am using the lesion method and EEG to examine whether associations between the psychological costs of empathy are manifested in the brain (Scheffer, Reber, Cameron, & Tranel, in prep).
Affective Neuroscience, Amygdala, Anterior Cingulate Cortex, Emotional Intelligence, Moral Outrage