About me


Alan S. Cowen

I am a computational social affective neuroscientist completing a PhD in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. In my research, I develop data analytic tools to discover taxonomies of emotion, adjudicate among competing theories of emotion, and extend the methods and findings of this work to more applied areas of inquiry—affective computing, morality, aesthetics, organizational behavior, and health biomarkers. I have interrogated behavioral responses to tens of thousands of emotional stimuli from thousands of participants across multiple cultures, analyzed brain representations of emotion using fMRI and intracranial electrophysiology, and used deep learning to classify the emotions expressed in millions of naturalistic videos from around the world.