Manning Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences


Oriel FeldmanHall is the Alfred Manning Assistant 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 won the Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award, in recognition of innovative work that has already advanced the field. She also received 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 Innovation Award, the Society for Neuroeconomics Early Career Award, and the Society for Social Neuroscience Early Career Award. 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). 

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

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