Luke J. Chang
Computational Social Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
The central goal of the Computational Social Affective Neuroscience Laboratory (COSAN Lab) is to understand the computational processes underlying social interactions and their neurobiological substrates. The lab combines techniques from psychology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, and computer science to develop and test novel models about how psychological processes (e.g., emotions & expectations) are represented in the brain (e.g., insula, ACC, ventral striatum, & OFC) and motivate behavioral actions such as making a decision. The lab is directed by Luke Chang and seeks to better understand how social interactions can both modulate and regulate our emotions, which has implications for broader health outcomes such as treating depression and anxiety, and managing acute and chronic pain.