nparikh at unc.edu
natparikh at fas.harvard.edu
As an affective neuroscientist, Teaching Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, and College Fellow at Harvard University, I spend my days teaching upper level courses in Psychology & Neuroscience and working with Dr. Leah Somerville on questions of how adults and adolescents choose to regulate their emotions.
I teach my courses with a cognitive neuroscience lens. However, I enjoy teaching classes with broad appeal in psychology. In the past two years, I have taught courses on the Psychology of Music, Programming for Psychologists, and Psychology of Imagination, and I am co-teaching a course on Pandemics and Mental Health for this spring.
I received my PhD from Duke University in Psychology and Neuroscience with a focus in Cognitive Neuroscience. In collaboration with Dr. Kevin LaBar and Dr. Felipe De Brigard, my research and dissertation focused on using imagination to alter our negative responses to memories.
I received my B.S. at Harvey Mudd College in Mathematical and Computational Biology. Throughout my undergraduate education, I worked with Dr. Catherine L. Reed at Claremont McKenna College on the interplay of attention and body positioning.
From these experiences, I developed a passion for teaching and learning, and I am excited to apply my extensive experience in Psychology & Neuroscience education as a faculty member at UNC.