Golnaz Tabibnia is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in teaching neuroscientific findings to non-scientists.
Golnaz has over 15 years of experience teaching neuroscience to non-experts and conducting research on the interplay of passion and reason in the human brain.
As an Assistant Professor of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Golnaz conducted cutting-edge brain research on such topics as emotion regulation, self control, interpersonal decision-making, consumer choice, and well-being. After three years in Pittsburgh, Golnaz moved back to California to reunite with her family, friends, and the sunshine, and to start new collaborations at the University of California, Irvine.
Golnaz has received multiple awards for her teaching and research, and her work has been published in such prestigious journals as Psychological Science, Journal of Neuroscience, and Science, as well as in the Harvard Business Review. She is a sought-after speaker, having been invited to present her work at over 15 different top universities and professional conferences.
Golnaz holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Outside of SyncUp, Golnaz can be found exploring new restaurants with her husband and two small children. She also enjoys cooking and salsa dancing.