Matthew Lieberman

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Matthew Dylan Lieberman is a Professor and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab Director at UCLA Department of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.[1]

Matthew Lieberman
Lieberman lecturing in 2013
Born (1970-05-05) May 5, 1970 (age 53)
Alma materRutgers University
Harvard University
Occupation(s)Social Psychologist, Neurologist, Professor
SpouseNaomi Eisenberger
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Notable studentsDavid Amodio
Molly J. Crockett
Emily Falk
Sean Young

Personal life and education[edit]

Lieberman was born on May 5, 1970, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[citation needed] His father was a lawyer and his mother an art teacher. His wife, Naomi Eisenberger, is a full professor on the UCLA Psychology Department faculty.[2] Lieberman is a graduate of Harvard University, where he later taught several classes.[3] Naomi Eisenberger and Matthew Lieberman have a son.[4]

Research and career[edit]

Lieberman's work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, DARPA,[5] and the Office of Naval Research.[6]

Lieberman conducts research into the neural bases of social cognition and social experience, with particular emphasis on the neural bases of emotion regulation, persuasion, social rejection, self-knowledge, theory of mind, and fairness. Lieberman coined the term social cognitive neuroscience.[7] His research interests also include Neural Bases of Automatic and Controlled Social Cognition & Affect and Neural Bases of Personality. Social cognitive neuroscience focuses on how the human brain carries out social information processing. Lieberman uses functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and neuropsychology to test new hypotheses regarding social cognition.[8]

Lieberman is the founding editor of the journal, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.[9]

In 2007, he won the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology.[10]

In 2011, he was the recipient of UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize.[11]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Lieberman, M. D. (2013). Social: Why our brains are wired to connect. New York, NY: Crown
  • Lieberman, M. D. (2010). Social cognitive neuroscience. In S. T. Fiske, D. T. Gilbert, & G. Lindzey (Eds). Handbook of Social Psychology (5th ed.) (pp. 143–193). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Falk, E. B., Berkman, E. T., Mann, T., Harrison, B, & Lieberman, M. D. (2010). Predicting persuasion-induced behavior change from the brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 8421–8424.
  • Lieberman, M. D., Eisenberger, N. I., Crockett, M. J., Tom, S., Pfeifer, J. H., Way, B. M. (2007). Putting feelings into words: Affect labeling disrupts amygdala activity to affective stimuli. Psychological Science, 18, 421–428.
  • Eisenberger, N. I., Lieberman, M. D., & Williams, K. D. (2003). Does rejection hurt? An fMRI study of social exclusion. Science, 302, 290–292.


  1. ^ "Faculty — UCLA Psychology Department: Home". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  2. ^ "Faculty — UCLA Psychology Department: Home". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  3. ^ "Matthew Lieberman's Teaching Page". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  4. ^ TEDxStLouis. "The social brain and its superpowers". YouTube. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency". 2013-07-08. Archived from the original on 2020-01-15. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  6. ^ "Office of Naval Research Home Page". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  7. ^ Lieberman, Matthew D. (2012-06-01). "A geographical history of social cognitive neuroscience". NeuroImage. 61 (2): 432–436. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.12.089. ISSN 1053-8119. PMID 22309803. S2CID 7414824.
  8. ^ "Matthew Lieberman". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  9. ^ Matthew D. Lieberman, Ph.D. (2013-08-06). "Oxford Journals | Medicine | Social Cognitive & Affective Neurosci". Archived from the original on 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  10. ^ "APA Distinguished Scientific Awards for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology". 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  11. ^ Soderburg, Wendy. "Social psychologist is winner of 2011 Gold Shield Faculty Prize / UCLA Today". Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-08-19.

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