Steve Chang Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience


Neuroscience of social behavior, neuropharmacology of social behavior, social learning and social decision-making


Our research is aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms responsible for social cognition. Our laboratory focuses on how reward-related areas of the brain signal social preferences and generate social decisions. To answer our questions, we apply both neurophysiological and neuroendocrinological approaches during social interactions.  We investigate neuronal representations as well as neuromodulator actions (e.g., oxytocin, serotonin) in the reward-related brain regions during social behavior. In a subset of topics, we also investigate similar neural processes using neuroimaging techniques.