Dr Kevin Ochsner
Kevin is one of the leaders in the new field of Social Cognitive Neuroscience, which is generating a lot of interest in new findings that have previously been in the black box of the brain. He was recently interviewed by Wall Street Journal about managing the fear in the financial marketplace. He currently is the director of Social Cognitive Neuroscience and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Kevin's research interests include the psychological and neural processes involved in emotion, pain, self-regulation, self perception, and person perception. All of his work employs a social cognitive neuroscience approach that seeks to integrate the theories and methods of social psychology on the one hand, and cognitive neuroscience on the other. We will focus on some of his brain research on how automatic and controlled processes interact in producing emotion and emotion regulation, self-knowledge, feelings of social exclusion, attributions about other individuals, placebo effects and automatic behavior and how we can use this information in leadership development.