Photo: Rob Strong

 Photo: Rob Strong

As a political science major in college, I took an elective that sounded interesting and easy: Social Psychology. It turned out to be one of the hardest classes I took in college and the most riveting. It was taught by Dan Gilbert who became first a mentor then collaborator and friend. I abandoned political science and went on to graduate school in psychology at the University of Virginia.

At UVA I worked with Tim Wilson and Dan Wegner researching the human tendency to mis-predict our emotional responses (Wilson) and the illusory nature of conscious will (Wegner). While studying consciousness with Dan W, I became interested in the emerging field of neuroimaging and how the brain might inform psychological questions. I pursued this interest in an NIMH postdoc with Alex Martin where I learned fMRI and, more importantly, how to think about the brain.

In the fall of 2006, I became an assistant professor in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department at Dartmouth and became tenured in 2013. 

During my long and varied path to get here I had the opportunity to learn from my intellectual heroes:

Their training gave me the solid foundation upon which to build a research career investigating what interests me the most: awareness of our own mental states (emotions, intentions) and how we understand those states in others.