Eliza Bliss-Moreau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis and a Core Scientist at the California National Primate Research Center. She completed her undergraduate (biology & psychology) and graduate (psychology) schooling at Boston College and a postdoctoral fellowship (neuroscience) at UC Davis. Eliza is interested in why any two people sampled on a random street corner, or two monkeys on a street corner in New Delhi, or two dolphins swimming off a beach, are likely to have radically different emotional lives. Using tools from neuroscience, physiology, anthropology, and psychology, she focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms that create normal and abnormal emotion. Her team uses a multi-species approach to understand the evolution of emotion and well-being. Eliza was recently named a “Rising Star” by the Association of Psychological Science. She has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health since 2011, first as a National Research Service Award (F32) recipient and then via a Pathways to Independence Award (K99).
Kristen Lindquist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, where she is a member of the Social Psychology program, the Biomedical Research Imaging Center and the Neurobiology Curriculum in the School of Medicine. Kristen received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston College and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard University Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Kristen’s Carolina Affective Science Laboratory (CASL) uses social cognitive, psychophysiological, and neuroscience methods to understand the nature of human emotion. She is interested in how someone’s knowledge about emotions shapes his or her experiences and perceptions of emotions. The CASL also explores questions about how body states shape emotional experiences, how emotions are created by neural networks, and how individuals differ in emotional experiences.