Lab Members


Stephanie D. Preston, Ph.D.

Stephanie Preston

is the head of the ENL and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She completed an MA and PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied the biological bases of hoarding in animals. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine studying the neural substrates of decision making. She is interested the intrinsic effects of emotion on decision making, particularly decisions about resources such as material goods, money, food, and social support.



Brian Vickers

Brian Vickers

graduated from UC Santa Cruz and began graduate studies at the University of Michigan in 2009 in the area of Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. He is also a Graham Institute Fellow in Sustainability. He is interested in the effects of emotion on decision making.



Daniel Porter

Daniel Porter

graduated from Colgate College with a B.A. in Psychology. He began graduate studies at the University of Michigan in 2011 in the area of Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience and he does joint work in the ENL and the lab of Culture and Cognition with Drs. Kitayama and Nisbett. He is interested in altruism and the rejection of aid and basic emotion processes. Daniel is an award winning teacher.



Christopher Cannon

Christopher Cannon

graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.A. in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science. He performed his undergraduate thesis in the ENL on the role of conspicuous consumption in homosexual and heterosexual individuals, which he continued as a Master's Student in the lab.



Precious Smith

Precious Smith

is an undergraduate student in the ENL working toward her honor's thesis in Psychology on the possible negative effects of excessive consumption of toys on family well-being. She is interested in sustainability and psychology and hopes to go to graduate school to further her interests in this topic.



Alicia Hofelich

Alicia Hofelich

graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Psychology. She began graduate studies at the University of Michigan in 2007 in the area of Cognition and Perception. She researched the mechanisms of empathy and altruism and is now a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota. When she's not doing research, Alicia enjoys listening to music and playing flute in the Life Science Orchestra at Michigan.



Courtney Hsing

Courtney Hsing

graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.A. in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science. She also continued in the ENL after her honor's thesis to study basic emotion processing in alexithymia and to work on our altruism fMRI project. She is now a PhD student at The Ohio State University.



Leslie Rubin

Leslie Rubin

graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.A. in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science. She also continued in the ENL after her honor's thesis on implicit health perceptions to complete a Master's Degree at UM examining the role of positive emotions on health and health perceptions in smokers. She is now a PhD student at American University in Washington, DC.