Ph.D. Candidate

hanna negami pictureCognitive Neuroscience

B.A. in Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Supervisor: Dr. Colin Ellard

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I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2011 from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. At Brandeis, I worked as a research assistant for three years at the Emotion Lab (now the Lifespan Emotional Development Lab at Northeastern University), under the supervision of Dr. Derek Isaacowitz. In my work at the Emotion Lab, I assisted post-doctoral and graduate-student researchers with their studies on emotion recognition and regulation. After graduation, I continued working as a research assistant in several psychology and neuroscience labs, including Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett’s Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University and Dr. Aude Oliva’s Computational Visual Cognition Laboratory at MIT.

Research interests

My research is broadly guided by the following question: how do the aesthetics of our immediate environment shape our cognition and behavior? Currently, my work investigates how psychological mechanisms and architectural properties of church interiors interact to facilitate religious feeling and informational conformity. I am also interested in exploring, from a cognitive perspective, what makes an urban space politically and socially engaging, and how people perceive and interact with public and private spaces.

Selected conference presentations

  • Negami, H. & Ellard, C. (May 2015). Influence of Awe-Inducing Interior Spaces on Feelings of Religiosity and Spirituality. Poster presented at the Environmental Design Research Association’s brainSTORM: Dynamic Interactions of Environment-Behavior and Neuroscience conference, Los Angeles, CA. 
  • Daruvala, T., Petrovic, L., Negami, H., Marchant, R., Caselden, G., Gendron, M., & Feldman Barrett, L. (March 2012). Unpacking Granularity in Emotional Experiences. Poster presented at the Northeastern University Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo (RISE), Boston, MA.

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