Research

How does our social status affect our neural, affective, and physiological responses to stress and social interactions? How does the brain and the immune system respond to an episode of racial discrimination? Why do individuals lower in socioeconomic status have worse health than those with higher SES? How does the physiological state of the body feed back to the brain to alter our perceptions of the social world? I am fascinated by these questions, and strive to find answers to them in my research.

My work is grounded in an interdisciplinary perspective; I believe the answers to hard questions such as those posed above will be best answered using theories and tools from multiple disciplines, both within and outside of psychology. My training is in experimental social psychology, social and affective neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, and population health, and thus much of my work employs theories and methods from these disciplines. I am also deeply committed to collaboration, and have worked with colleagues in clinical psychology/psychiatry, developmental psychology, genomics, and cancer research on a number of projects.

If you want the “long story”, here’s my CV: Muscatell CV_2016_4-5