Jon Freeman is Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University and director of the Social Cognitive & Neural Sciences Lab. He received his Ph.D. from Tufts University and was on the faculty at Dartmouth College before coming to NYU in 2014.
His research focuses on how we perceive other people, such as how we use facial cues to categorize others into social groups, perceive their emotion, or infer their personality. His work examines the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie person perception, and the interplay of social, emotional, and visual processes in perceptual and interpersonal decisions. He takes an integrative and multi-level approach in exploring these questions using several techniques, including neuroimaging, computational modeling, and behavioral paradigms. He is also the developer of the data collection and analysis software, MouseTracker.
Dr. Freeman is the author of over 75 peer-reviewed publications and the recipient of a number of awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Janet T. Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, the Early Career Award from the Society for Social Neuroscience, the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Personality & Social Psychology, and the Early Career Award from the International Social Cognition Network. His work has appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and TIME Magazine.