August 7th 2017

Samantha Brosso transitioned this week from undergraduate research assistant to a full time, paid research technician in our lab. Welcome to the work force, Samantha! We're enjoying the lively lab space with lots of hard work :)

August 3rd 2017

Emma is back from vacation and looking forward to another semester. Thanks for the kind note, Krista (see below)! Krista did a fantastic job assuming the responsibilities of lab manager this July. 

July 1st 2017

Monica started as a new post-doctorate student in our lab! Read her bio on the "people" tab of our website. So excited for our first post-doc student; welcome Monica!

June 26th 2017

Congratulations to our Dr. Keely Muscatell, who received the Psychology Club’s Award for Excellence in Research Mentoring! 

This award is selected via student nomination to recognize outstanding mentorship for undergraduate students in Psychology.

Dr. Muscatell won for her dedication in training undergraduates in rare research experiences through biomedical studies and for advising two senior honors theses in her first year at Carolina. Her mentees describe themselves as “feeling invigorated” about their research simply after meeting with Dr. Muscatell. Inciting a passion for undergraduate research is at the heart of this award and Dr. Muscatell goes above and beyond in her mentorship of undergraduate researchers.

June 19th 2017

Our lab manager, Emma, is officially working full time for The Social Neuroscience and Health Lab for at least one more year! She is excited about the new responsibilities and full time opportunity! 

June 1st 2017

Introducing Carolina SNH Lab's new Research Assistants for Summer 2017 - Emilee, Adrian, and Manuela (not pictured)! We are excited to have them on board for the summer. 

May 23rd 2017

Dr. Muscatell had the lab over for dinner, as a celebration of all the hard work put into the study during the 2016-2017 school year! We are excited to continue working together. 

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May 2nd 2017

Hello from our lab! Undergraduate research assistants are starting exam season, but they are still helping out so much keeping our study going. We couldn't do it without them!

APRIL 24th 2017

Carolina SNH Lab enjoyed showing The Morehead After School Exploration Program all about our lab. 


APRIL 22nd 2017

Carolina SNH Lab had a great time at the UNC Science Exposition.

We reenacted one of our computer tasks, "Reading The Mind and The Eyes," which showed how we can empathize with others emotions. We also showed them how their body changes through mental stress, by taking their heart rate before and after a mental stressor! 

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APRIL 4th 2017

We won the national championship!!!!!!! Wish we could have measured done psychophysiology on those basketball players last night. LET'S GO TAR HEELS! Watch our school celebrate here. 


March 24TH 2017

Carolina SNH Lab went out for a local frozen treat at Chapel Hill's The Yogurt Pump.


March 1st 2017

 Dr. Muscatell is presenting at the Carolina Population Center Spring Quarterly meeting tomorrow!  It will be at the Health Sciences Library at UNC at 3:30pm.

Presentation: Neural and Inflammatory Responses to Social Stress: Implications for Health Disparities

Dr. Keely Muscatell, assistant professor in psychology & neuroscience, is new to UNC and recently joined the CPC Program. Her research offers a novel way to understand the development of health disparities and the links between stress and health by focusing on the neural and physiological mechanisms linking social experiences and health outcomes. Her work explores how being low in socioeconomic status and experiencing racial discrimination affects neural and inflammatory processes. She also examines how stress affects health more generally among breast cancer survivors.

Note: For this quarterly meeting we are meeting in Health Sciences Library, not the Botanical Gardens

February 24th:

Dr. Muscatell is featured in a fantastic article by the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases that was published today! Features writer Bradley Alff interviewed her as part of this article "Health Effects of the 2016 Election". When asked about the article today, Dr. Muscatell commented "Weird waking up to see yourself in  your inbox! :)" Read the full article here:

February 23rd:

Beautiful view from our lab space in Howell Hall! It is almost Spring in NC!

February 15th:

Our very own Sam Brosso received a grant from The Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research grant program, supported by the Lindquist undergraduate excellence fund, for our lab! Thank you Sam and congratulations! 

February 13th:

Spring is coming at Howell Hall! These pink blossoms are blooming just in time for Valentine's Day. What a wonderful view from our Histology lab!

February 10th:

It is visiting day in the Psychology Department! These people took our guests out to lunch. Welcome, visitors!


Research assistants Emmie and Will give saliva samples before helping out with a study run!


Our lab space in Howell Hall looks so beautiful on this winter day!

January 30Th:

Group picture (Keely took it) from Friday's lab meeting! Go team!

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January 29th:

We started blood processing!!!

January 26th: 

We ran our very first research participant! Here is a selfie of some of our fantastic research staff. 



Our very own research assistant, Samantha Brosso, was recently awarded the Gil Internship at UNC! She will be doing an internship in Behavioral Neuroscience. 

"I wanted to do the internship because I have developed a particular interest in the biological basis of behavior, and one day I would like to use my specific knowledge of the nervous system to transform the lives of people who suffer from brain trauma, neurological and psychological disorders", says Sam. 

Congratulations, Sam!



November 3rd: 

We are learning how to program tasks into Psychopy!  It's difficult but we are working hard. Thanks to Gary and UNC library for their enormous help! 

             October 13th:


SNH Lab Staff gather with the rest of the Human Neuroimaging Group at UNC and spend a warm fall evening together at Tru Deli & Wine Bar!



Carolina SNHLab has hired on a new  fMRI data analysis assistant (Gary, pictured far left) and four new undergraduate research assistants (Alex, Samantha, Krista, and Arnav)! We are so excited to collaborate with these amazing people!

SEPTember 25th:

Our lab’s research is currently featured on the UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience website! Find out more here: 

September 20th:

The CSNHL had its first training in Psychophysiology this week! Thanks, Jenn, for planning and facilitating our training. Many more trainings to come...


September 19, 2016:

The CSNHL held its first ever lab meeting! Our small but mighty group of scientists discussed the lab’s big project for the year, a study examining how blocking sympathetic nervous system activation with the drug propranolol (a beta-blocker) influences psychological and immunological responses to stress.

Dr. Muscatell Joins TEnure-Track faculty at UNC!

August 2016:

Dr. Muscatell started work as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this August! Come visit the new lab space in 10A Howell Hall.