Associate Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences


Oriel FeldmanHall is the Alfred Manning Associate Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. She received the Benefactor Scholarship for her Doctorate at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. Dr. FeldmanHall has won numerous awards, including the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star Award, the prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the Henry Merritt Wriston Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship, the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society's (SANS) Innovation Award, the Society for Neuroeconomics (SNE) Early Career Award, the Society for Social Neuroscience (SFSN) Early Career Award, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Young Investigator Award for outstanding contributions to science, the APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, and the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of cognition and human learning. She is an editor at multiple journals, including the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. She teaches Social Psych (CLPS 700) and the Moral Brain (CLPS 1760). 

Dr. FeldmanHall studies how we learn who to trust, how to cooperate, when to reciprocate, and what to do when we have been treated unfairly. Her research seeks to disentangle the cognitive and neural processes behind the complex choices that form the basis of human social behavior. She merges multiple different fields, including behavioral economics and social psychology, with imaging and psychophysiological techniques to investigate how the brain detects, values, and assesses conflicting reward and punishment contingencies during moral dilemmas, and the role of emotion and its operational power in shaping these social interactions. Find out more at

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