Elizabeth Reynolds Losin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology - Health Division
University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Research Interests

I combine theory and methods from neuroscience (fMRI), psychology and anthropology to explore how we acquire our cultural beliefs and practices, how these beliefs and practices shape psychology and brain function, and how both processes impact human health and health care.

Lab Openings

Research Assistants
My social and cultural neuroscience lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami is looking for research assistants.  For more information visit our webpage and to apply please go to the following link.
Graduate Students
My social and cultural neuroscience lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami is accepting graduate students. If you are interested in the kinds of work we do, please do not hesitate to write me an email and apply to the program. You can also take a look at the lab's website at www.losinlab.org.

Selected Publications

Losin, E.R, Woo, C.-W., Krishnan, A., Wager, T.D., Iacoboni, M. & Dapretto, M. (2015) Brain and psychological mediators of imitation: Sociocultural versus physical traits. Culture and Brain, 3:93-111. Doi: 10.1007/s40167-015-0029-9.

Cross, K. A., Torrisi, S., Losin, E.R, Iacoboni, M. (2013) Controlling automatic imitative tendencies: Interactions between cognitive control and mirror neuron systems. Neuroimage. 83: 493-504.

Losin, E.R, Iacoboni, M., Cross, K., Dapretto, M. (2013) Neural processing of race during imitation: self-similarity versus social status. Human Brain Mapping. doi:10.1002/hbm.22287.

Losin, E.R, Iacoboni, M., Martin, A., Dapretto, M. (2012a) Own-gender imitation activates the brain’s reward circuitry. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 7: 804-810. doi:10.1093/scan/nsr055.

Losin, E.R, Iacoboni, M., Martin, A., Dapretto, M. (2012b) Race modulates neural activity during imitation. NeuroImage. 59: 3594-3603. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.10.074.

Losin, E.R, Dapretto, M., Iacoboni, M. (2010). Culture and neuroscience: Additive or synergistic? Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 5:148-158. doi:10.1093/scan/nsp058.

Losin, E.R, Dapretto, M., Iacoboni, M. (2009). Culture in the mind's mirror: How anthropology and neuroscience can inform a model of the neural substrate for cultural imitative learning. Progress in Brain Research. 178:175-90.

Losin, E.R, Rivera, S.M., O’Hare E.D., Sowell, E. R., Pinter, J. D. (2009) Abnormal fMRI activation pattern during story listening in individuals with Down syndrome. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 114(5):369-80.

Losin, E.R, Russell J.L., Freeman H., Meguerditchian A., Hopkins W.D. (2008) Left Hemisphere Specialization for Oro-Facial Movements of Learned Vocal Signals by Captive Chimpanzees. PLoS ONE 3(6): e2529. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002529.

Hopkins, W.D., Russell, J.L., Freeman, H., Reynolds, E. A., Griffis, C., Leavens, D. A. (2006). Lateralized Scratching in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Evidence of a Functional Asymmetry During Arousal. Emotion. 6(4): 553-9.

Hopkins, W.D., Russell, J., Freeman, H., Buehler, N., Reynolds, E., Schapiro, S. (2005). The Distribution and Development of Handedness for Manual Gestures in Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Psychological Science. 16(6): 487-493.