Principal Investigator

Elizabeth Losin, Ph.D.     |    CV

Elizabeth Losin, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social and Cultural Neuroscience Lab at the University of Miami.  She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2012 and came to the University of Miami at the start of 2015. Her passion lies in combining her training in anthropology and neuroscience to explore the bidirectional relationship between culture and the brain. She has investigated how humans acquire cultural beliefs and practices through imitation, how these beliefs and practices shape psychology and brain function by comparing individuals with different sociocultural backgrounds, and how both processes impact human health and health care. Along with the SCN Lab members, she is currently focusing on how cultural experiences (e.g., discrimination) and social situations (e.g., the doctor-patient relationship) influence pain perception and the brain mechanisms underlying it. She is also passionate about sharing scientific knowledge and enthusiasm with the general public!


Lab Manager

Jenna Perry, B.S.

Jenna Perry is the research coordinator for the SCN Lab. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Computer Science. At UNC, she worked with Kristen Lindquist on the psychological construction of emotion, specifically the relationship between emotion intensity and bodily awareness. Her other research interests include cultural differences in emotion, applications of psychophysiology, and interpretation of auditory and visual emotion cues. She plans to eventually earn her Ph.D. in social psychology or neuroscience.

Graduate Student

Steven R. Anderson, B.A.

Steven Anderson is a doctoral student in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program in the Department of Psychology. He graduated from Harvard University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology and a citation in Japanese Studies. His research interests concern the psychological, sociocultural, and neurobiological modulators of pain perception.



Graduate Student

Morgan Gianola, B.A.

Morgan Gianola is a student in the behavioral neuroscience doctoral program within the department of psychology. He graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience and Spanish, and has since done work in human populations as well as with animal models. He is interested in investigating how interactions between cultural upbringing, mindset (language of use, psychological state, etc.), and the environment influence neurobiological activity as well as emotional and bodily perception. Disseminating and applying the results of such research toward improved health outcomes is also a central focus for Morgan.



Undergraduate RA

Rachael Eickmeyer

Rachael Eickmeyer is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry. In her first two years at UM, she completed the Advanced Program for Integrated Science and Math (PRISM). Currently, she is assisting in data analysis on projects examining factors influencing the doctor-patient relationship.


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Undergraduate RA

Madeleine Snider

Madeleine Snider is a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry. She recently completed a summer research internship at the SCN Lab studying the effect of gender and ethnic biases on the perception of pain in others.

Lab Alumni

Natalia A. Medina, M.S., Research Coordinator of the SCN Lab, 2015-2017.

Joshua Myers, Undergraduate RA, 2016.

Fiona CollinsUndergraduate RA, 2016.

Elaine Costa, postbaccalaureate student and digital media consultant, 2105.

Augusto Cividini, Undergraduate RA, 2015.