Research Staff

Shannon Duncan (Associate Director)

Shannon holds a BA in Psychology from Marist College and a MS in Neuroscience from Teachers College at Columbia. Her previous research experience includes working at the Emotion and Language Lab at Marist where she worked on projects investigating the psychophysical relationship between cursing and pain tolerance. For her undergraduate thesis, she conducted an experiment on the association between binge eating and compulsive buying behaviors in college students. Her master's thesis explored the ability of choice architecture, implied endorsement and query theory to change workplace wellness program uptake.  She worked as a research assistant at CDS from 2014 to 2016, and co-lab manager from 2016 to 2017. Her research interests include risky behavior, health decisions, consumer behavior, impulsivity, choice architecture, decision-making process tracing and neuroeconomics. 

Nathaniel Posner (Lab Manager)

Nathaniel (or Nate) graduated with a BA in psychology, with a minor in economics, from Vassar College in May 2019.  During his sophomore and junior years he conducted a study examining financial literacy and self-efficacy.  The summer after his junior year he worked in the Decision Neuroscience lab at Yale University, examining differences in risk and ambiguity preferences in monetary and food domains.  For his senior thesis he examined variation in personality, psychopathology, and loneliness of users of various subcommunities of the social networking and content-aggregation website Reddit.  He is interested in choice architecture, time and risk preferences across domains, the effectiveness of nudges on different populations, and how internet "dark patterns" can be used to improve decision-making of internet users.  He has worked at CDS since June 2019.