New Paper In Press from Talha Alvi and the SCN Lab!

Talha Alvi and collaborators from SMU, Boston University, and UCLA recently published a paper in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology in which they demonstrate negative associations between social anxiety symptoms and social cognitive ability. This paper included a sample of nearly 1500 people and may represent the largest examination of social anxiety and social cognition to date.

Here is the in press reference:

Alvi, T., Kouros, C. D., Lee, J., Fulford, D., & Tabak, B. A. (in press). Social anxiety is negatively associated with theory of mind and empathic accuracy. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

New Paper in Press from the SCN Lab!

Dr. Tabak and Dr. Teed recently published a paper with colleagues from UCLA, Dartmouth College, and Carnegie Mellon University in which they describe null results of oxytocin and vasopressin administration across a range of social tasks. Dr. Teed was instrumental in learning how to implement two different types of post-hoc statistical techniques to assess the sensitivity of our findings.

Here is the full citation:

Tabak, B. A., Teed, A. R., Castle, E., Dutcher, J. M., Meyer, M. L., Bryan, R., Irwin, M. R., Lieberman, M.D., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2019). Null results of oxytocin and vasopressin administration across a range of social cognitive and behavioral paradigms: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 124-132.

Stejara Dinulescu Presents at the SMU Hamilton and Marr Undergraduate Research Scholarship Conference


In April, Senior Undergraduate Stejara Dinulescu presented our paper, currently under review, examining the association between social cognitive ability and self-referential processing. Congratulations to Stejara on being one of the few scholars selected to give a talk and on delivering a wonderful presentation

Dr. Adam Teed presents his work at the Texas Universities' Educational Statistics And Psychometrics Alliance at SMU!


In March, Dr. Adam Teed presented a paper currently under review showing a series of null behavioral effects of oxytocin and vasopressin administration across a range of socioemotional tasks. More specifically, Dr. Teed described how he implemented equivalence and Bayesian hypothesis testing to examine the null effects. This was a very impressive invitation considering he was the only cognitive neuroscientist/non-statistician in the room.

Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awarded to Stejara Dinulescu!

Congratulations to the SCN Lab's Stejara Dinulescu who was awarded a Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholarship for the 2018-2019 Academic Year! This award will be used to examine data from our Social Sensitivity Study. Specifically, Stejara will be examining the association between self referential memory and empathic accuracy.

Welcome a new postdoc in the SCN Lab: Dr. Adam Teed

The SCN lab would like to welcome Dr. Adam Teed. Dr. Teed earned his PhD in Cognition and Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Dallas and recently completed a postdoc at the UTD Center for Brain Health. We are excited to have Dr. Teed join our lab due to his expertise in neuroimaging methods and analysis, as well as his previous work on the effects of oxytocin and vasopressin on neural activation associated with several complex social processes.