Research in Dr. Wagner's laboratory is aimed at understanding how our knowledge of other people (their likes and dislikes, their personalities, their quirks and habits) is organized into a coherent impression and, in turn, how this impression is encoded in the brain. Using a combination of functional neuroimaging, machine learning techniques and popular media (e.g., films, television), research in his laboratory is working towards developing methods to gain access to how individuals think and feel about the people around them.A separate line of research involves understanding the interplay between motivation, self-control and desire in order to identify neural and behavioral predictors of self-regulation failure as well as to identify ways to bolster against everyday temptations.Dylan received his B.A. in Psychology from McGill University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Dartmouth College. His post-doctoral research was conducted in collaboration with James Haxby and Todd Heatherton.
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