Dr. Leor Hackel is a postdoctoral scholar in the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab at Stanford University; beginning in January 2019, he will be an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University. He received his B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University in 2011, and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from NYU in 2016. In 2016, he began his postdoctoral fellowship, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Dr. Hackel’s work asks how people form impressions of others through interactions; how people make social decisions, like choosing whom to help or whom to befriend; and how social groups shape these decisions. To address these questions, his work integrates approaches from social psychology, affective science, computational modeling, and cognitive neuroscience. He further studies implications of these topics for prosocial behavior, intergroup relations, and economic inequality. In particular, his recent work has asked how social behavior can unwittingly propagate inequality and how group boundaries alter the ways in which people learn about and choose to help others.