sean reilly
Graduate Student in Social Psychology
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Mentor:  Dr. Eric Pedersen

BS, Psychological & Brain Sciences, UC Santa Barbara, 2020
MA, Social Psychology expected 2023
PhD, Social Psychology expected 2026

Research Interests
At CU Boulder, I am a member of the Evolution and Social Cognition (ESC) lab where we take an evolutionary approach to understanding human behavior and cognition. I’m broadly interested in the functional role of prosocial emotions in establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships.Throughout my graduate studies I hope to pursue the following questions: What makes us decide to befriend someone or not? What circumstances give rise to functional deployment of the evolved emotions in social settings? I hope that investigating these questions provides a foundation for understanding and explains the ultimate causes of human emotions.