Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
300 Medical Plaza, Room 3156
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7076
Tel: (310) 849-4330
Fax: (310) 794-9247
Dr. Naomi Eisenberger
graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and then received
a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA in 2005. She is currently
a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
investigating the influence of immune system activity on neural
function. Her primary interests are in understanding how the need
for social connection has left its mark on the mind, brain, and
body. She asks questions such as: Why does social rejection
hurt? or Why does social support bolster health and
well-being? and then uses cognitive neuroscience techniques
to elucidate the neural systems involved to better understand the
computational and experiential substrates of these complex processes.
She is currently collaborating with Dr. Bruce Naliboff to better
understand the underlying similarities and differences between physical
and social pain processes, as well as how these types of pain can
influence one another.
NI, Lieberman MD, and WilliamsKD. Does rejection hurt? An fMRI
study of social exclusion. Science, 302, 290-292, 2003.
NI and Lieberman MD. Why rejection hurts: A common neural alarm
system for physical and social pain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences,
8, 294-300, 2004.
NI, Lieberman MD, and Satpute AB. Personality from a controlled
processing perspective: An fMRI study of neuroticism, extraversion,
and self-consciousness. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience,
5, 169-181, 2005.
Hariri A, Jarcho JM, Eisenberger NI, and Bookheimer SY. An
fMRI investigation of the associative and perceptual nature of race-related
amygdala activity. Nature Neuroscience, 8, 720-722, 2005.