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]

Personal life and Education[edit]

Lieberman was born on May 5, 1970 (age 48 years) in Atlantic City, N.J.[2] 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.[3] Lieberman is a graduate of Harvard University, where he later taught several classes.[4] Naomi Eisenberger and Matthew Lieberman have a son.[5]

Research and Career[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] Lieberman is the founding editor of the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.[8] In 2007, he won the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.[9] In 2011 he was the recipient of UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize [10] Lieberman's work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, DARPA,[11] and the Office of Naval Research.[12]

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.

External links[edit]

  • [1] UCLA
  • [2] Putting Feelings Into Words
  • [3] Brain Scans Reveal Why Meditation Works
  • [4] Which ads are winners? Your brain knows


  1. ^ "Faculty — UCLA Psychology Department: Home". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  2. ^ "Navy". Office of Navy Research. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Faculty — UCLA Psychology Department: Home". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  4. ^ "Matthew Lieberman's Teaching Page". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  5. ^ TEDxStLouis. "The social brain and its superpowers". YouTube. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Matthew Lieberman". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  8. ^ Matthew D. Lieberman, Ph.D. (2013-08-06). "Oxford Journals | Medicine | Social Cognitive & Affective Neurosci". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  9. ^ "APA Distinguished Scientific Awards for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology". 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  10. ^ Soderburg, Wendy. "Social psychologist is winner of 2011 Gold Shield Faculty Prize / UCLA Today". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  11. ^ "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency". 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  12. ^ "Office of Naval Research Home Page". Retrieved 2013-08-19.