Email: kbreth@sas.upenn.edu

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I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. I earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience from Georgetown University in 2016 and a B.S. in Biopsychology from Tufts University in 2009.

I am interested in the neuroscience of empathy and social decision-making. Specifically, this includes how intra- and inter-personal emotional processes and their neural substrates contribute to selfless or selfish behavior. My graduate research in the Laboratory on Social & Affective Neuroscience focused on distress sensitivity and affective resonance in altruistic kidney donors using behavioral and neuroimaging methods. My postdoctoral research in the Kable Lab is focused on examining how deficits in affective and cognitive empathy lead to excessively selfish social preferences using computational modeling, brain stimulation, and neuroimaging.