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"My research interest centers on the biological mechanisms of "social sensitivity" or the capacity to use evaluative social feedback to adjust behaviors. Using an imaging genetics approach, I study how individual variations in the oxytocin receptor gene modulate the neural underpinnings of social perception and reinforcement learning. When not at work, I'm culinary-inclined and a hardcore jazz fan."


Cheng Liu is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University. He has a wide range of research interests across Old World prehistory, hunter-gatherer societies, lithic analysis, and cultural evolution. For his dissertation project, he is trying to identify the differences between demic diffusion, cultural diffusion, and convergence as seen in the generation of highly similar stone artifacts at the assemblage level through computational modeling and experimental archaeology. Prior to joining Emory, Cheng completed his BA at Wuhan University, China and MA at the University of Haifa, Israel, both in archaeology, during which he has been involved in multiple excavation and survey projects ranging from the Middle Paleolithic to the 20th century.


Belén Pueyo-Ibáñez is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy working primarily on moral epistemology. Her doctoral dissertation, Moral Inquiry Beyond Objectivism and Subjectivism: Collective Deliberation and the Sense of Community, is aimed at identifying the necessary conditions under which a process of intersubjective discourse can be effective as a method of moral inquiry. Her research, interdisciplinary in nature, is informed by an array of sources from different disciplines, mainly philosophy, but also psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology.

Before coming to Emory, Belén completed a BA in Music (violin performance) and another one in Journalism, both in Barcelona; a Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History at Goldsmiths, University of London; and a MA in Philosophy at The New School for Social Research, where she studied under a Fulbright Grant. Her articles have appeared in Pragmatism Today and Contemporary Pragmatism and she has presented papers in more than 15 international conferences.  

More information at www.emory.academia.edu/BelenPueyoIbanez