Shawn Rhoads

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow 
Lindau Nobel Young Scientist 
Mistletoe Research Fellow 

I am a doctoral candidate in the Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience at Georgetown University under the mentorship of Dr. Abigail Marsh. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in both physics and psychology.

I am interested in the computational aspects of neural function/dysfunction and conduct research on how they relate to [1] learning and decision-making in social contexts, [2] interpersonal perception, and [3] emotional experiences that are either shared (i.e., interactions with others that are coupled in space and/or time) or vicarious (i.e., empathy). My current projects involve using functional magnetic resonance imaging to study neural representations of social others and decision-making among dyads (e.g., pairs of friends or strangers) and in individuals who have engaged in real-world, extraordinary altruism (e.g., non-directed, living kidney donors).

I am also an avid social justice, environmental, and open-science advocate. I have been involved with advocacy work for environmental sustainability and social justice on the local and national level.

I'm always open to collaborate! Please feel free to contact me on the Brainhack Mattermost or through any of the links below.