Joshua S. Cetron
In my research, I seek to characterize the neural and psychological mechanisms that support processes critical to human engagement with the world, such as information acquisition and concept learning in laboratory, classroom, and social settings. In my previous work, I have used a combination of neuroimaging, behavioral, and classroom-based research to explore the multivariate neural representations associated with concept learning in STEM domains. I have been developing analytical methods to characterize the ways in which the brain supports the knowledge that students acquire in the classroom. In my current work, I am interested in applying these methods to investigate topics in social psychology and neuroscience that are especially salient in today's increasingly polarized sociopolitical climate, including the impact of intergroup biases on evidence-based learning, and the representational confusability of facts and opinions.