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 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.


Post-baccalaureate Research Assistant 

Sofia Mercer, B.S.

Sofia Mercer is a recent graduate from the University of Miami, where she studied psychology and international relations, with minors in Spanish and chemistry. She is currently working on behavioral coding paradigms for doctor-patient dyads and assisting with lab management. Sofia is broadly interested in theory o fmind, consciousness, mindfulness, and spirtuality. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in psychology or neuroscience.



Undergraduate Research Assistant

Taylor Bak

Taylor Bak is a freshman at the University of Miami majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry and engineering. Previously, she assisted with neuroimaging research at Rutgers University and has also worked with behavioral coding analyses at UM.


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Undergraduate Research Assistant

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.



Undergraduate Research Fellow

Efrain Rodriguez Sierra

Efrain Rodriguez Sierra is a junior at the University of Puerto Rico. This summer, he will be joining the lab as an intern in The Leadership Alliance's Summer Research Early Identification Program. He will be investigating processes impacting pain perception in English-Spanish bilinguals.

Lab Alumni

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

Rachael Eickmeyer, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017.

Joshua Myers, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016.

Fiona Collins, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016.

Elaine Costa, Postbaccalaureate Student and Digital Media consultant, 2015.

Augusto Cividini, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015.