Dr. Naomi Eisenberger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Eisenberger specializes in social neurocognitive aspects of emotion and behavior. Her primary line of research utilizes neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neural correlates of social rejection and social connection. Through this line of research, she has demonstrated that the experience of social rejection relies, in part, on physical pain-related neural regions and that the experience of social connection relies, in part, on reward-related neural regions. Her work also examines the bidirectional relationships between social relationships and physical health-related outcomes, such as inflammatory activity.
Current projects: An fMRI investigation of social support probes
Link to website: http://sanlab.psych.ucla.edu/