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Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Jamil Zaki

“If you describe a landscape, or a seascape, or a cityscape, always be sure to include a human figure somewhere in the scene. Why? Because readers are human beings, mostly interested in human beings.”  

-Kurt Vonnegut

Our Lab's Philosophy

Vonnegut was right; readers (and pretty much everyone else for that matter) are mostly interested in other human beings, and especially in the contents of others’ minds. This preoccupation is a good thing, because it allows us to accomplish some of life’s central tasks: understanding, communicating, coordinating and commiserating with others.


At the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, we leverage a wide array of techniques (including behavioral testing, psychophysiology, neuroimaging, and field research) to examine the cognitive bases of these social behaviors.

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Dr. Zaki is accepting graduate applications this cycle

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