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date: 05 March 2021

(p. ix) About the Editors

(p. ix) About the Editors

Kevin N. Ochsner

Kevin N. Ochsner is Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois where he received his B.A. in Psychology. Ochsner then received a M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University working in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Schacter, where he studied emotion and memory. Also at Harvard, he began his postdoctoral training in the lab or Dr. Daniel Gilbert, where he first began integrating social cognitive and neuroscience approaches to emotion-cognition interactions, and along with Matthew Lieberman published the first articles on the emerging field of social cognitive neuroscience. Ochsner later completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University in the lab of Dr. John Gabrieli, where he conducted some of the first in functional neuroimaging studies examining the brain systems supporting cognitive forms of regulation. He is now director the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Columbia University, where current studies examine the psychological and neural bases of emotion, emotion regulation, empathy and person perception in both healthy and clinical populations. Ochsner has received various awards for his research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Division 3 New Investigator Award, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s Young Investigator Award, and Columbia University’s Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award.

Stephen M. Kosslyn

Stephen M. Kosslyn is the Founding Dean of the university at the Minerva Project, based in San Francisco. Before that, he served as Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, and was previously chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James at Harvard University. He received a B.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in psychology. His original graduate training was in cognitive science, which focused on the intersection of cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence; faced with limitations in those approaches, he eventually turned to study the brain. Kosslyn’s research has focused primarily on the nature of visual cognition, visual communication, and individual differences; he has authored or coauthored 14 books and over 300 papers on these topics. Kosslyn has received the American Psychological Association’s Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award, the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award, a Cattell Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the J-L. Signoret (p. x) Prize (France), an honorary Doctorate from the University of Caen, an honorary Doctorate from the University of Paris Descartes, an honorary Doctorate from Bern University, and election to Academia Rodinensis pro Remediatione (Switzerland), the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.