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Julian A. Scheffer M.A.

Graduate Student

Julian A. Scheffer, M.A.


Julian is a 7th-year graduate student in the EMP Lab (and a 5th-year here at Penn State).  He is interested in the psychological rewards and costs of empathy, and he is currently exploring how the brain contributes to regulating empathic responding using functional neuroimaging and lesion methods.  He is also interested in how people regulate moral behavior and moral judgment, focusing on propensities for prosocial versus antisocial behavior, as well as the policing of moral violations within and between social groups. Julian obtained his B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Toronto, where he managed Michael Inzlicht’s Toronto Lab for Social Neuroscience and Elizabeth Page-Gould’s Embodied Social Cognition Lab (now known as SPRQL).  Julian also obtained his M.A. in Psychology at the University of Iowa, where he participated in the NIH-funded T32 training program and worked with Dr. Daniel Tranel and Dr. Jan Wessel.

Research Interests:

Empathy regulation, moral behavior and judgment, effort-based decision-making, social neuroscience