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Jonas Kaplan

Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-8552
Office: DNI 251

Personal Website


Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California Los Angeles, 6/2002
B.S. Psychology, University of Michigan, 6/1996

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My research in cognitive neuroscience focuses on issues of social relationships, empathy, self, action perception and creativity. I use functional neuroimaging to examine the neural mechanisms that underlie our experience of resonating with other people and being aware of our selves.

Research Keywords

cognitive neuroscience, social cognitive neuroscience, consciousness, awareness, self, self-recognition, self-awareness, empathy

Research Specialties

cognitive neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Brain and Creativity Institute,
Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center,


Book Chapter

Iacoboni, M., Kaplan, J. T., Wilson, S. (2007). A neural architecture for imitation. in Models and Mechanisms of Imitation and Social Learning in Robots, Humans and Animals: Behavioural, Social and Communicative Dimension. Cambridge University Press.
Kaplan, J. T., Zaidel, E. (2007). Alexithymia across cultures. In Fragments of Mind. Academic Press.

Journal Article

Fox, G., Kaplan, J. T., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2015). Neural correlates of gratitude. Frontiers in Psychology.
Man, K., Damasio, A., Meyer, K., Kaplan, J. T. (2015). Convergent and invariant object representations for sight, sound, and touch. Human Brain Mapping.
Saxbe, D., Borofsky Del Piero, L., Immordino-Yang, M., Kaplan, J. T., Margolin, G. (2015). Neural mediators of the intergenerational transmission of family aggression. Development and Psychopathology.
Saxbe, D., Del Piero, L., Immordino-Yang, M., Kaplan, J. T., Margolin, G. (2015). Neural correlates of adolescents' viewing of parents' and peers' emotions: Associations with risk-taking behavior and risky peer affiliations. Social Neuroscience.
Kaplan, J. T., Man, K., Greening, S. (2015). Multi-Voxel Cross-Classification: Applying machine learning techniques to characterize abstraction in neural representations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Martins, B., Ponzio, A., Velasco, R., Kaplan, J. T., Mathers, M. (2014). Dedifferentiation of emotion regulation strategy representations in the aging brain. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience.
Habibi, A., Ilari, B., Crimi, K., Metke, M., Kaplan, J. T., Joshi, A., Leahy, R., Shattuck, D., Choi, S., Ficek, B., Haldar, J., Damasio, A., Damasio, H. (2014). An Equal Start: Absence of Group Differences in Cognitive, Social and Neural Measures Prior to Music or Sports Training in Children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Vol. 8 (690)
Araujo, H., Kaplan, J. T., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2014). Involvement of cortical midline structures in the processing of autobiographical information. PeerJ. Vol. 2, pp. e481.
Hale, S., Kane, A., Kaminsky, O., Tung, K., Loo, S., McGough, J., Kaplan, J. T. (2014). Visual Network Asymmetry and Default Mode Network Function in ADHD: An fMRI Study. Frontiers in Psychiatry. Vol. 5 (81)
Araujo, H., Kaplan, J., Damasio, A. (2013). Cortical midline structures in autobiographical self processes: an activation-likelihood estimation (ALE) meta-analysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Vol. 7, pp. 584.
Man, K., Kaplan, J., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2013). Neural convergence and divergence in the mammalian cerebral cortex: from experimental neuroanatomy to functional neuroimaging. Journal of Comparative Neurology.
Sagae, K., Gordon, A., Metke, M., Kim, J., Gimbel, S. I., Tipper, C., Kaplan, J., Immordino-Yang, M. (2013). A data-driven approach for classification of subjectivity in personal narratives. Proceedings of the 2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. (OASIcs XX, Scholss Dagstuhl)
Man, K., Kaplan, J. T., Damasio, A., Meyer, K. (2012). Sight and sound converge to form modality-invariant representations in temporo-parietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience. Vol. 32, pp. 16629-16636.
Sobhani, M., Fox, G., Kaplan, J. T., Aziz-Zadeh, L. (2012). Interpersonal liking modulates motor-related neural regions. PLoS One. Vol. 7 (10), pp. e46809.
Kaplan, J. T., Meyer, K. (2012). Multivariate pattern analysis reveals common neural patterns across individuals during touch observation. NeuroImage. Vol. 60 (1), pp. 204-212.
Meyer, K., Kaplan, J. T. (2011). Cross-modal multivariate pattern analysis. Journal of Visualized Experiments. Video article
Meyer, K., Kaplan, J. T., Essex, R., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2011). Seeing touch is correlated with content-specific activity in primary somatosensory cortex. Cerebral Cortex.
Meyer, K., Kaplan, J. T., Essex, R., Webber, C., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2010). Predicting visual stimuli based on activity in auditory cortices. Nature Neuroscience. Vol. 13 (6), pp. 667-8.
Mukamel, R., Ekstrom, A., Kaplan, J. T., Iacoboni, M., Fried, I. (2010). Single neuron responses in humans during execution and observation of actions. Current Biology. Vol. 20, pp. 750-756.
Harris, S., Kaplan, J. T., Curiel, A., Bookheimer, S., Iacoboni, M., Cohen, M. (2009). The neural correlates of religious and nonreligious belief. PLoS One. Vol. 4 (10), pp. e0007272.
Mazziotta, J. C., Woods, R., Iacoboni, M., Yaden, K., Tran, M., Bean, C., Kaplan, J. T., Toga, A. (2009). The myth of the normal, average human brain – the ICBM experience: Subject screening and eligibility. NeuroImage.
Greene, D. J., Mooshagian, E., Kaplan, J. T., Zaidel, E., Iacoboni, M. (2009). The neural correlates of social attention: Automatic orienting to social and nonsocial cues. Psychological Research. Vol. 73 (4), pp. 499-511.
Aziz-Zadeh, L., Kaplan, J. T., Iacoboni, M. (2009). Aha! The neural correlates of verbal insight solutions. Human Brain Mapping. Vol. 30, pp. 908-916.
Bystritsky, A., Kaplan, J. T., Feusner, J., Wadekar, M., Kerwin, L., Burock, M., Wu, A., Iacoboni, M. (2008). Preliminary study of fMRI guided rTMS in the treatment of GAD. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Vol. 69 (7), pp. 1092-8.
Mooshagian, E., Kaplan, J. T., Zaidel, E., Iacoboni, M. (2008). Fast visuomotor processing of redundant targets: The role of the right temporo-parietal junction. PLOS One. Vol. 3 (6), pp. e2348.
Kaplan, J. T., Aziz-Zadeh, L., Uddin, L., Iacoboni, M. (2008). The self across the senses: The neural response to one’s own face and voice. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience. Vol. 3 (3), pp. 218-223.
Kaplan, J. T., Iacoboni, M. (2007). Multimodal action representation in human left ventral premotor cortex. Cognitive Processing. Vol. 8, pp. 103-113.
Kaplan, J. T., Freedman, J., Iacoboni, M. (2007). Us vs. Them: Political attitudes and party affiliation influence neural response to faces of presidential candidates. Neuropsychologia. Vol. 45, pp. 55-64.
Molnar-Szakacs, I., Kaplan, J. T., Greenfield, P. M., Iacoboni, M. (2006). Observing action sequences: The role of the fronto-parietal mirror neuron system. NeuroImage. Vol. 33 (3), pp. 923-35.
Kaplan, J. T. (2006). Getting a grip on other minds: mirror neurons, intention understanding, and cognitive empathy. Social Neuroscience. Vol. 1 (3-4), pp. 175-83.
Uddin, L., Kaplan, J. T., Molnar-Szakacs, I., Zaidel, E., Iacoboni, M. (2005). Self-face recognition activates a fronto-parietal "mirror network" in the right hemisphere: an event-related fMRI study. NeuroImage. Vol. 25 (3), pp. 926-35.
Kaplan, J. T., Zaidel, E. (2001). Error monitoring in the hemispheres: The effect of lateralized feedback on lexical decision. Cognition. Vol. 82 (2), pp. 157-78.
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