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BBQ, and welcome to Cailin, Heather and Madhu!

Winston Chiong
August 19, 2018

It was great to see the whole group gathered together for the first time over burgers (tofu or beef), beers, hummus sandwiches, steaks and grilled veggies. Special thanks also to Phaedra Bell, Alissa Bernstein, Andy Kayser and Dan Dohan for coming out to join us. In addition to kicking off the new lab name, we were also happy to introduce and start getting to know our new lab members:

Cailin Lechner joins the lab after graduating from UCLA where, quite appropriately for our group, she pursued a novel interdisciplinary degree in Human Biology and Society. Her undergraduate research addressed neurobiological, historical, and policy aspects of environmental exposure in local communities of color; at the same time she directed a sizable nonprofit organization addressing educational disparities by providing individualized tutoring and mentorship in under-resourced schools.

Heather Romero-Kornblum will soon be joining the lab after a very productive undergrad career at Foothill College and UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). At Berkeley she conducted a highly ambitious senior thesis utilizing both online and in-lab methods to investigate links between income inequality and regulatory focus in the Self, Identity, and Relationships Lab with Professor Serena Chen; for this and other work she received the Warner Brown Memorial Prize for Great Promise in Psychological Research.

And, Madhumitha Manivannan will be joining us after receiving her BA from NYU. In her undergraduate research with Professor Emily Balcetis, she independently integrated concepts from behavioral economics with the lab’s existing focus on social cognition in order to study how the framing of health messages influences individuals’ motivation to exercise. Madhu also comes to the MAC with a strong clinical background, including work with at-risk youth and older adults with chronic medical conditions, which will inform her work with our patients.

So: we’re not only excited about our new team members as individuals, but also about the great diversity of perspectives and insights they will bring to our work together.

photo of BBQ, and welcome to Cailin, Heather and Madhu!
Our new lab, plus special guests

Website is live

Winston Chiong
July 20, 2018

If you’re reading this, we probably don’t need to tell you that the Decision Lab website is finally up! It’s been about a month or so in the making, and it’s exciting to have this venue to share the work we’ve been doing (and future work we’re planning) in neuroethics and in the cognitive neuroscience of decision-making in aging.


Welcome Tobias!

Winston Chiong
June 1, 2018

We’re very excited to welcome Tobias Häusermann as our first neuroethics postdoc! Toby joins the lab from Switzerland by way of Cambridge University, where he wrote his PhD dissertation in sociology based on fieldwork in Germany’s first Dementia Village. Part of this work was recently published as “Professionalised intimacy: how dementia care workers navigate between domestic intimacy and institutional detachment” in Sociology of Health and Illness. Toby will be joining us at Mission Bay while also embedding in the Medical Cultures Lab with Dan Dohan at Laurel Heights. As part of our project on patient and researcher experiences with new implanted neurotechnologies, he will also be observing and interviewing patients at Parnassus and Mount Zion, and so by the end of his fellowship will surely also be our lab expert on the UCSF shuttle system!