Psychology Colloquim

Departmental Event

Start Date: Jan 20, 2023 - 09:00am
End Date: Jan 20, 2023 - 10:00am

Location: Logan Hall, room 125, and via Zoom

Dr. Robert Chavez, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, will present Distributed Brain Systems Underlying Self-Representation and Interpersonal Perception


It is widely accepted that the brain is a complex, parallel processing system. Yet, social neuroscientists have traditionally approached questions of how social psychological processes are represented in the brain in a way that only considers individual brain regions in isolation. In this talk, I will present findings from a program of research using a combination of multimodal neuroimaging, machine learning, and novel round-robin paradigms to begin to address how self-representation and interpersonal perception are supported in both distributed networks of brain regions as well as within multivariate patterns of activity within in specific regions of established social brain systems.


Rob Chavez is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and director of the Computational Social Neuroscience Lab at the University of Oregon. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico before completing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College. He studies how information about the self and social cognition are represented in the brain using a combination of multimodal neuroimaging, machine learning, and novel interpersonal perception paradigms.