Assistant Professor
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program
Neuroscience Program
522 Psychology Building
Curriculum Vitae: 

Education

Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2006

Research Interests

My research is focused on understanding individual differences in social and affective functioning in humans by using a multi-modal approach. I am interested in understanding the pathway the brain, social behavior and culture. In my laboratory, we use a multi-modal approach that includes genetics, brain-imaging, personality assessment, social-behavioral experiments and cultural assessments. The primary objective of research within our lab is to better understand the factors contributing to, and associated with, individual differences in the way people think and process their social world.

Teaching Interests

I teach classes on Introductory Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Biological Basis of Personality, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience. I enjoy teaching new psychology classes, coming up with and applying innovative teaching methods, and learning along-side with students, as they bring in their thoughts and perspectives into the teaching environment. I am engaged in study abroad programs and international education, including the UGA Costa Rica and UGA Tanzania programs. On the UGA Tanzania program, I teach small experiential learning style classes on Cultural Psychology and Social and Personality Development. Lastly, I am involved in international education, having recently taught for a semester in the Kingdom of Bhutan at Sherubtse College, through a Fulbright Teaching Scholar award.

Recent Media Coverage

LA Times article written based on Haas et al., (2016). Epigenetic modification of OXT and human sociability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A.

UGA Today article written based on Haas et al., (2016). Epigenetic modification of OXT and human sociability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A.

UGA Today article written based on Haas et al., (2015). Borderline personality traits and brain activity during emotional perspective taking. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

Medical Research (MedicalResearch.com) interview based on Haas et al., (2015). Borderline personality traits and brain activity during emotional perspective taking. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

UGA Red and Black article written based on Haas et al., (2015). The tendency to trust is reflected in human brain structure. NeuroImage.

UGA Today article written based on Haas et al., (2015). The tendency to trust is reflected in human brain structure. NeuroImage.

Selected Publications

Haas, B.W., Filkowski, M.M., Cochran, R.N., Denison, L., Ishak, A., Nishitani, S., Smith, A.K. (2016). Epigenetic modification of OXT and human sociability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A. PNAS

Filkowski, M.M., Anderson, I.W., Haas, B.W. (2016). Trying to trust: brain activity during interpersonal social attitude change. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. 16 (2), 325-338. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Miller, J.D. (2015). Borderline personality traits and brain activity during emotional perspective taking. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. 6(4): 315-320. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Brook, M., Remillard, L., Ishak, A., Anderson, I.W., Filkowski, M.M. (2015). I know how you feel: The warm-altruistic personality profile and the empathic brain. PLoS ONE. 10(3): e0120639. [PloS One]

Haas, B.W., Anderson, I.W., Filkowski, M.M. (2015). Interpersonal reactivity and the attribution of emotional reactions. Emotion. 15(3): 390-398. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Ishak, A., Anderson, I.W., Filkowski, M.M. (2015). Agreeableness and brain activity during emotion attribution decisions. Journal of Research in Personality.57: 26-31. [JRP]

Haas, B.W., Ishak, A., Anderson, I.W., Filkowski, M.M. (2015). The tendency to trust is reflected in human brain structure. NeuroImage. 107: 175-181. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., & Smith, A. K. (2015) Oxytocin, vasopressin, and Williams syndrome: epigenetic effects on abnormal social behavior. Frontiers in Genetics. 6:28. [Frontiers]

Hoeft, F., Dai, L. Haas, B.W., Sheau, K.E., Masara, M., Mills, D., Galaburda, A., Bellugi, U., Korenberg, J., Reiss, A.L., (2014). Mapping Genetically Controlled Neural Circuitries of Social Behavior and Visuo-Motor Integration by a Preliminary examination of Atypical Deletions with Williams Syndrome. PLoS One. 9 (8), e104088. [PloS One]

Haas, B.W., Barnea-Goraly, N., Sheau, K.E., Yamagata, B., Ullas, U., Reiss, A.L. (2014). Altered microstructure within social-cognitive brain networks during childhood in Williams syndrome. Cerebral Cortex. Oct 24(10):2796-806. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Sheau, K. E., Kelly, R. G., Thompson, P., Reiss. A.L. (2014). Regionally specific increased volume of the amygdala in Williams syndrome: Evidence from surface based modeling. Human Brain Mapping. Mar;35(3):866-74.[PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Anderson, I.W., Smith, J.M. (2013). Navigating the complex path between the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) and cooperation: an endophenotype approach. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Nov 28;7:801. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Mills, D., Yam, A., Hoeft, F., Bellugi, U., Reiss, A.L., (2009). Genetic influences on sociability: Heightened amygdala reactivity and event-related responses to positive social stimuli in Williams syndrome. Journal of Neuroscience. 29(4):1132-9. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Constable, R.T., & Canli, T. (2008). Stop the sadness: Neuroticism is associated with sustained Medial Prefrontal Cortex response to emotional facial expressions. NeuroImage 42(1):385-92. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., & Canli, T. (2008). Emotional Memory function, Personality structure and Psychopathology: A Neural System Approach to the identification of vulnerability markers. Brain Research Reviews 58(1):71-84. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Omura, K., Constable, R.T., & Canli, T. (2007). Emotional conflict and neuroticism: personality-dependent activation in the amygdala and subgenual anterior cingulate. Behavioral Neuroscience, 121(2), 249-256. [PubMed]

Haas, B. W., Omura, K., Constable, R. T., & Canli, T. (2007). Is automatic emotion regulation associated with agreeableness? A perspective using a social neuroscience approach. Psychological Science 18(2), 130-132. [PubMed]

Canli, T., Qiu, M., Omura, K., Congdon, E., Haas, B.W., Amin, Z., et al. (2006). Neural correlates of epigenesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A 103(43), 16033-16038. [PubMed]

Haas, B.W., Omura, K., Constable, R. T., Canli, T. (2006). Interference Produced by Emotional Conflict Associated with Anterior Cingulate Activation. Cognitive, Affective Behavioral Neuroscience 6(2), 152-156. [PubMed]

Canli, T., Omura, K., Haas, B.W., Fallgatter A., Constable, R. T., Lesch K.P. (2005). Beyond Affect: A role for genetic variation of the serotonin transporter in neural activation during a cognitive attention task. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A (103)34, 12224-12229. [PubMed]

Klapp, S.T., & Haas, B.W. (2005). Nonconscious Influence of Masked Stimuli on Response Selection Is Limited to Concrete Stimulus-Response Associations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 31(1), 193-209. [PubMed]

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