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James Patrick Morris

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
311 Gilmer Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Current work in my laboratory is focused on how the actions, thoughts, beliefs and feelings of others are represented in the brain. We refer to these processes collectively as social perception. We use a multimodal approach to characterize neural systems allowing for efficient execution of these processes. Current techniques employed in the lab include functional magnetic resonance imaging, event-related potential recordings and molecular genetic techniques. Most of our work is concerned with building basic neurobiological models of social function. However, we also explore the neural basis of social deficits associated with autism spectrum disorder. A more recent line of work is examining how individual differences in social perception may be related to epigenetic mechanisms.

AS-PSYC Individual differences in endogenous oxytocin govern social cognition
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
February 01, 2017 – January 31, 2022
The Noisy Brain in Infancy: A Neurobiological Marker of Normative Social Development
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Child Health & Human Develop
September 01, 2017 – July 31, 2019
Brain Signal Complexity in Infancy: A Neurobiological Marker of Normative Social Development
Source: American Psychological Foundation
November 01, 2017 – October 31, 2018
AS-PSYC The Noisy Brain in Infancy: A Neurobiological Marker of Normative Social Development
Source: American Psychological Foundation
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2018
Examining an epigenetic biomarker of social perception
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
August 15, 2012 – July 31, 2016
AS-PSYC Neurobiological Bases of Love
Source: The John E. Fetzer Institute, Inc.
January 20, 2014 – June 30, 2016
AS-PSYC Neuroimaging of Social Perception
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Mental Health
April 20, 2009 – March 31, 2013
EGMT 1520: Empirical & Scientific Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to analyze claims about the material and social worlds through formulation and testing of new questions and hypotheses based on observation and experience.
PSYC 2005: Research Methods and Data Analysis I
Credits: 3
Introduces research methods and statistical analysis in psychology. This course, with a minimum grade of "C", is a prerequisite for declaring a major or minor in Psychology. Prerequisites: None.
PSYC 3210: RM: Psychobiology Laboratory
Credits: 3
Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, electrophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, and genetic/epigenetic analyses. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC 2200 or 4200 or BIOL 3050; PSYC 3005 recommended.
PSYC 3559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
NESC 3960: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Students in Neuroscience major are expected to participate in active research, supervised by a faculty research mentor. The course grade is based on 10 hours/week lab work toward achieving term goals that are determined individually at the beginning of the term. Students are expected to submit a Term Plan one month after the first day of classes and a Progress Report two weeks before the last day of classes.
COGS 3960: Cognitive Science Research
Credits: 3
This course aims to provide faculty-supervised research experience. A faculty mentor should be identified before enrollment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Faculty supervisor permission.
NESC 3995: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
This course provides opportunities for first and second year students who have not yet declared a major to engage in supervised research activities.
PSYC 4500: Special Topics in Psychology
Credits: 3
Topical Offerings in Psychology
PSYC 4559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
NESC 4960: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment under the direction of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. Prerequisite: Major in Neuroscience.
NESC 4970: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
PSYC 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology. Enrollment Requirement: You are required to register for PSYC 3870.
COGS 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.
COGS 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.
PSYC 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology.
NESC 4980: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
PSYC 7501: Contemporary Issues: Cognitive Psychology
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 7506: Contemporary Issues: Social Psychology
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9502: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Graded and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
NESC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
NESC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, under the supervision of a dissertation director.