James Morris

Morris, James P.

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Psychology


  • BA, Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • PhD, Biopsychology, Stony Brook University
  • Postdoc, Neuroimaging Cognitive, Duke University
  • Postdoc, Neuroscience, Yale University

Contact Information

PO Box 400400
311 Gilmer Hall
Telephone: (434)924-1167
Email: jpmorris@virginia.edu

Research Disciplines

Neuroscience, Psychology

Research Interests

Social perception and cognition; Social Neuroscience; Human Neuroscience

Research Description

I am interested in characterizing the neural processes underlying typical and atypical human social behavior. My lab incorporates a multimodal approach employing such techniques as electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potential recordings (ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Current projects include 1) investigation of subcortical networks supporting imitative behavior, 2) the neural basis of pretense understanding, 3) the malleability of the brain’s response to in- and out-group members, and 4) epigenetic modulation of brain activity evoked by social stimuli.

UNLEASH (Undergraduate Research)

Our lab focuses on the neural bases of normal and social function using a multimodal approach. By using such techniques as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), scalp-recorded event-related potentials (ERP), and eye-tracking, we seek to understand how social behavior and brain processes interact. Past studies have focused on pretend play in adults, face recognition for in-group and out-group members, imitation, and self-transcendence.
Undergraduate RAs play an integral role in the lab. Duties include running subjects, data collection and analysis, stimuli creation as well as the opportunity to work alongside graduate students and create original research ideas. Experience with programming is preferred.
Contact: Morgan E. Lynch Website: uvasocialneuroscience.com

Selected Publications