MATTHEW D. LIEBERMAN, a professor of psychology at UCLA, received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1999. His research interests include social cognitive neuroscience topics such as, self-control, self-awareness, automaticity, social rejection, and persuasion. He has published in numerous journals including, Science, Nature, Neuroscience, Annual Review of Psychology, American Psychologist, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Lieberman's work has received coverage in Time, Scientific American, Discover, and multiple BBC documentaries. He is the founding editor of the journal, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, and was the 2007 recipient of the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. He is the author of Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect.