Stephanie Delphine Preston
Department of Psychology
University of Michigan, USA
Dr. Stephanie D. Preston has a highly interdisciplinary background that has included work in multiple species and levels of analysis, allowing her to employ basic knowledge about the neural and physiological bases of behavior to understand complex human behavior in domains such as empathy, altruism, and decision making. She received her PhD in behavioral neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley where she studied the effects of stress on decision making in food-storing animals. This was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology, at the University of Iowa, examining the role of emotion in empathy and decision making. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan investigating the ways in which emotion and social behavior affect complex, real-world resource-allocation decisions regarding material resources and altruistic aid to others.
Empathy, Altruism, Hoarding, Acquisitiveness, Resource Allocation.