Thalia Wheatley on the Brain, the Self, and a Sense of Wonder

Why do you connect with some people and not with others? How can you feel that you really understand someone, only to discover that you're wrong? Thalia Wheatley, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, strives to answer these questions and other mysteries of human emotion by “looking under the hood” at how the brain governs social thought and behavior. Wheatley earned her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Virginia and came to Dartmouth in 2006. Recently, she spoke with Dartmouth Now about the young field of social neuroscience, delight, and the three questions she'd most love to find answers to.


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