Wei Song Ong

Postdoctoral Researcher

weisongo@upenn.edu

I am interested in the basic mechanisms of social awareness and interactions. As social creatures, our everyday decisions are rarely made in a vacuum. Critically, deficits in social awareness and interactions are a hallmark of various psychopathologies, most notably in autism. To study the effects of social attention on social interactions, I developed a novel behavioral paradigm based on game theory to study cooperation in the laboratory of Dr. Platt. In this paradigm, we have two subjects playing a modified, iterative chicken game against each other in a setup that allows us to look at their interactions with each other and carry out intracranial neuronal recordings at the same time. This setup also allows us to study the changes of neural activity in response to oxytocin, which has been used therapeutically on individuals with autism.