The Wagner Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

The Wagner Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

The Wagner Lab is located in the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University. Research in the Wagner Lab is primarily focused on investigating how humans take disparate facts and observations about other persons and weave these into the complex and multidimensional character portraits that form the basis of our person knowledge. A seperate topic of research focuses on examining the behavioral and neural mechanisms of self-regulation and its failure. In particular, we are interested in how people's subjective perceptions of the reward value of temptations is related to individual differences and situational contexts.

Research in the lab combines behavioral and brain imaging approaches with an emphasis on reasonably naturalistic stimuli and contexts (e.g., movies, stories, virtual reality and natural scenes) to gain access to how individuals think and feel about the people and temptations that surround them.