Lab Members and Information

Principal Investigator

Leslie Zebrowitz

Leslie Zebrowitz (Ph.D. Yale University) is the Manuel Yellen Professor of Social Relations and Professor of Psychology at Brandeis University. Trained as a social psychologist, she has recently received advanced training in social neuroscience. Her research concerns face perception and age, race, and gender stereotypes with an emphasis on how and why people's physical appearance influences impressions of their traits as well as their social outcomes and psychological development. Her research is currently supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging to study perceptual, neural and motivational mechanisms that influence accurate face impressions across the life span. The courses she teaches at Brandeis include Seminar in Nonverbal Communication and Graduate Research Methods in Psychology.

E-mail: Zebrowitz [at]   
Phone: (781) 736-3263  
Office: Brown, Rm. 116

Ph.D. StudentsJasmine Boshyan

Jasmine Boshyan, M.A. (2013) Brandeis University

Jasmine’s interests have been evolving ever since her first exposure to research work as an undergraduate student at the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After graduating, Jasmine spent six years studying visual neurocognition, pathophysiology of migraine, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. During that time, Jasmine further narrowed her focus to neurodevelopment of emotion and social skills with emphasis on face perception. Jasmine is interested in developing and applying behavioral testing and using neuroimaging to study the mechanisms of face processing, its evolution over the lifespan, and the effect it has on cognition, behavior and social interactions.

E-mailjboshyan [at]   
Phone: (781) 736-3278  
Office: Brown, Rm. 18b


Diana Rosa-Leyra, B.S. () University of Puerto Rico

Diana's interests lie at the intersection of neuroaesthetics and social perception. Specifically, she is interested in how aesthetic value shapes our social decisions and our empathetic response towards others. For example, she just completed a project on the effects of facial attractiveness on our hand-path when we are making a decision unrelated to attractiveness. She'd like to continue this line of research as well as integrating how beauty shapes our decisions as we age.

E-mailrosadia [at]   
Phone: (781) 736-3294  
Office: Brown, Rm. 17a

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Melany Vidret (2015) 

Melany is on the pre-med track and aspiring to major in Neuroscience. After completing her studies, she hopes to continue her education by attending medical school. She is interested in learning and researching about the application of psychology to different functions of the human brain. Outside of the lab, Melany enjoys watching TV, traveling, and enjoying good food.


Marc Zebrowitz (2015) 

Marc is majoring in Psychology and Computer Science. He is particularly interested in law; after Brandeis he plans to attend a J.D./ PhD. Program. He has aspirations to become a Jury Consultant. Outside of the lab, Marc enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and playing the piano.


Jessica Neary (2016) 

Jessica is majoring in Psychology, with an additional major or minor in History. After her studies at Brandeis she hopes to attend graduate school and continue studying psychology. Outside of the lab, Jessica enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Recent Lab Alumni

Post Doctoral Fellow

  • Robert G. Franklin, Jr., Ph.D. (2013)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology at Anderson University in Anderson, SC.

Ph.D. Students

  • Yi Zhang, Ph.D. (2011)
    Dissertation: Neural and Behavioral Responses Toward Perceived Affordances of Gaze and Attractiveness
    Current Position: Director, Sentient Consumer Subconscious Research Laboratory, Sentient Decision Science, Inc., Portsmouth, NH.
  • Mike Strom, Ph.D. (2011)
    The Influence of Racial Category Suppression on Feature-Based Effects.
    Current Position: Research Analyst at NMR Group Inc.
  • Amanda Hemmesch, Ph.D. (2011)
    Older Adult's First Impressions of Individuals with Parkinson's Disease: The Stigmatizing Effects of Facial Masking and Abnormal Bodily Movement
    Current Position:
    Project Director in Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, where she is also pursuing an MS in Public Health.
  • Victor Luevano, Ph.D. (2007)
    Truth in Advertising: The Relationship of Facial Appearance to Apparent and Actual Health Across Lifespan
    Current Position:
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, California State University, Stanislaus

Masters Students

  • Stacey Ng, M.A. (2013)
    MA Thesis:
     Age differences in the differentiation of trait impressions from faces.
  • Suzanne Hillman, M.A. (2012)
    MA Thesis:
    Do Older Adults Differ From Younger Adults in Their Trait Impressions and Appearance Stereotypes?
  • Annie Lee, M.A. (2011)
    MA Thesis:
     Effects of Race and Sex on In-Group, Out-Group, and Cross-Species Sex Differentiation in Face Perception.
  • Ruoxue Wang, M.A. (2010)
    MA Thesis:
    Inference from Faces Across White American and Tsimane' Bolivian Cultures
  • Andrea Sparko, M.A. (2010)
    MA Thesis:
    Moderating Effects of Facial Expression and Movement on the Babyface Stereotype
  • Shunan Zhang, M.A. (2007)
    MA Thesis:
    Effect of Asian physical features on stereotyping: Are they directly associated?

Lab Manager

  • Bosiljka Milosavljevic, M.A. (2011)
    Current position:
     Ph.D. student at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

Undergraduate Students

  • Kim Zayhowski (2016)
     Neuroscience & Psychology and Minor in Mathematics
  • Jesse Lee (2015)
     Neuroscience & Psychology with a Pre-med track
  • Katey Duchin (2014)
     Psychology & Sociology
  • Daniela Dorfzaun (2014)
     Psychology & Business and Minor in International and Global Studies
  • Natasia Sun (2014)
     Business & Psychology 
  • SummerXia (2014)
     Business & Psychology 
  • Ilana Abramson (2013)
     Psychology & Women and Gender Studies
  • Joeli Katz (2013)
     Psychology & Education Studies & America Studies
  • Laura Cramer (2012)
  • Joanne Qiao (2012)
     Psychology & Health: Science, Society, and Policy