Luke Chang receives award from Association for Psychological Science

Assistant Professor Luke Chang has been awarded a 2019 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions.  The award from the Association for Psychological Science was established to recognize transformative contributions to psychological science by rising stars in the field. The award celebrates the many new and cutting edge ideas coming out of the most creative and promising investigators who embody the future of psychological science.  More information about the award is available on the APS website.

Professor Chang's research focuses on understanding the neurobiological and psychological processes underlying social interactions.  He seeks to understand how emotions and expectations are represented in the brain and impact how we make decisions and learn in social contexts.  One application of this approach is to create a better understanding of the mechanisms by which psychosocial treatments influence our mental and physical health.

Professor Chang currently mentors four graduate students in the Psychological and Brain Science PhD program, numerous undergraduate researchers, and teaches PSYC 53.10 Social Affective Decision, PSYC 60 Human Brain Mapping with fMRI, and PSYC 84.05 The Power of Beliefs.