Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz

Kristin is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience from Georgetown University in 2016 and a B.S. in Biopsychology from Tufts University in 2009. She is interested in the neuroscience of empathy and social decision-making. Specifically, this includes how intra- and inter-personal emotional processes and their neural substrates contribute to selfless or selfish behavior. Her graduate research in the Lab on Social & Affective Neuroscience focused on distress sensitivity and affective resonance in altruistic kidney donors using behavioral and neuroimaging methods. Her postdoctoral research in the Kable Lab is focused on examining how deficits in affective and cognitive empathy lead to excessively selfish social preferences using computational modeling, brain stimulation, and neuroimaging.