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Alison Jane Martingano

Alison Jane Martingano

Assistant Professor
Alison Jane Martingano, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Alison Jane's research explores the multifaceted concept of empathy and devises strategies for enhancing it. Her work likens empathy to a muscle, proposing that regular exercises like perspective-taking can bolster empathy over time. This principle guides her inquiries into the impact of varied activities and life experiences - reading, using virtual reality, socializing, emigrating, or attending college - on the development of empathy skills.

Alison Jane defended her Ph.D. in 2020 at the New School for Social Research, where she also earned her M.Phil. and M.A. in psychology. She began her academic journey with a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of York and further enriched her research acumen during her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes for Health, where she studied the potential health benefits of emerging technologies.

With over 20 peer-reviewed articles and over 600 citations, Alison Jane is an emerging scholar with a rapidly expanding portfolio. Her research has been showcased in various academic journals, such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Virtual Reality, and the Journal of Social Psychology, and spotlighted on BBC Radio 4's The Digital Human. She is also committed to communicating science to a general audience and to that end blogs for Psychology Today and hosts the Psych & Stuff podcast

As the head of the Social Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Alison Jane mentors dedicated students in conducting cutting-edge social psychological research, often utilizing virtual reality. Her unwavering dedication to her students has earned her several early career research and teaching awards. Alison Jane has a firm commitment to breaking down barriers to higher education, particularly for first-generation students.