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R. Nick Cochran

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Graduate Student
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program
Psychology 501


M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia, 2017

B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2014

B.A., Biology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2014

Research Interests:

I am a gradate research scientist interested in social and personality psychology broadly defined. My research interests include interpersonal judgment and decision making, intergroup dynamics, and individual differences in personality. I am dedicated to understanding how and why humans behave and make decisions across situations. I am currently working on a research project associated with understanding impression formation over time. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how personality traits are associated with reading other people's personality. I also have experience in industry work as a consumer insights researcher where I completed work in business, market, and user experience research. 

I am interested in using my experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods to obtain opporunities within industry and academia that will allow me to apply my expertise in a novel way.

I also have research interests and experiences in biopsychology where I used psychophysiological measurements (fMRI, EMG, Heart Rate, Epigentics) as a means of understanding social psychology.


Cochran, R.N., vanDellen, M.R., Haas, B.W. (2019). Getting to Know You: Associations between judge and target personality with personality judgment accuracy during a dyadic social interaction task. Personality and Individual Differences.

Haas, B. W., Filkowski, M. M., Cochran, R.N., Denison, L., Ishak, A., Nishitani, S., & Smith, A. K. (2016). Epigenetic modification of OXT and human sociability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Filkowski, M.M, Cochran, R.N., Haas, B.W. (2016). Altruistic behavior: mapping responses in the brain. Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics.

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