New York University
Department of Psychology
BA in Psychological and Brain Sciences, 2004
New York University
PhD in Psychology, 2010
California Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroeconomics, 2010-2012
University of Denver
Assistant Professor (starting Fall 2016)
My research examines the intersection of emotion and decision-making, by asking when and how components of emotion contribute to the processes of valuation and choice. To do so, I use a combination of psychological, neuroscientific, computational, and economic theories and methods. These include instruction in emotion regulation techniques, quantitative parametric behavioral modeling, stress inductions, or pharmacological manipulations of arousal, in the context of measurements of choices, eye gaze, skin conductance, cortisol, or fMRI. In doing so, I hope to shed new light on the many ways in which our emotions reliably influence our choices, and allow us to better control or anticipate those effects.
Boureau, Y.-L., Sokol-Hessner, P. & Daw, N.D. (in press). Deciding how to decide: self-control and meta-decision making, Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
Hartley, C.A. & Sokol-Hessner, P. (in press). Affect is the foundation of value, in Fox, A.S., Lapate, R.C., Shackman, A.J., & Davidson, R.J., The Nature of Emotion.
Sokol-Hessner, P. & Phelps, E.A. (in press). The neuroscience of value, emotion, and decision-making, in Brosch, T. & Sander, D., The Handbook of Value: The Affective Sciences of Values and Valuation.
Sokol-Hessner, P., Lackovic, S.F., Tobe, R.H., Camerer, C.F., Leventhal, B.L. & Phelps, E.A. (2015). Determinants of propranolol’s selective effect on loss aversion, Psychological Science, 26(7), 1123-30.
FeldmanHall, O., Sokol-Hessner, P., Van Bavel, J.J. & Phelps, E.A. (2014). Fairness violations elicit greater punishment on behalf of another than for oneself, Nature Communications, 5(5306), 1-6.
Phelps, E.A, Lempert, K.M & Sokol-Hessner, P. (2014). Emotion and Decision Making: Multiple Modulatory Neural Circuits. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 13, 263-87.
Sokol-Hessner, P., Hartley, C.A., Hamilton, J.R. & Phelps, E.A. (2014). Interoceptive awareness predicts aversion to losses. Cognition and Emotion, 11, 1-7.
Sokol-Hessner, P., Camerer, P. & Phelps, E.A. (2013). Emotion Regulation Reduces Loss Aversion and Decreases Amygdala Responses to Losses. SCAN, 8, 341-50.
Sokol-Hessner, P., Hutcherson, C., Hare, T. & Rangel, A. (2012). Decision value computation in DLPFC and VMPFC adjusts to the available decision time. European Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 1065-74.
Sokol-Hessner, P., Delgado, M.R., Camerer, C.F. & Phelps, E.A. (2012). Emotion Regulation Reduces Loss Aversion and Decreases Amygdala Responses to Losses. SCAN, e-publication ahead of print.
Stanley, D.A., Sokol-Hessner, P., Fareri, D.S., Perino, M.T., Delgado, M.R., Banaji, M.R. & Phelps, E.A. (2012). Race and reputation: perceived racial group trustworthiness influences the neural correlates of trust decisions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367(1589), 744-53.
McRae, K., Gross, J., Robertson, E., Sokol-Hessner, P., Ray, R., Gabrieli, J.D.E. & Ochsner, K. (2012). The development of emotion regulation: An fMRI study of cognitive reappraisal in children, adolescents, and young adults. SCAN, 7(1), 11-22.
Phelps, E.A. & Sokol-Hessner, P. (2012). Social and Emotional Factors in Decision-Making: Appraisal and Value. In Dolan, R., Sharot, T., Neuroscience of Preference and Choice: Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms, Academic Press (London), 207-22.
Stanley, D.A., Sokol-Hessner, P., Banaji, M. & Phelps, E.A. (2011). Implicit race attitudes predict trustworthiness judgments and economic trust decisions. PNAS, 108(19), 7710-5.
Miller, M.B., Donovan, C.-L., van Horn, J.D., German, E., Sokol-Hessner, P. & Wolford, G.L. (2009). Unique and persistent individual patterns of brain activity across different memory retrieval tasks. NeuroImage, 48(3), 625-35.
Sokol-Hessner, P., Hsu, M., Curley, N.G., Delgado, M.R., Camerer, C.F. & Phelps, E.A. (2009). Thinking Like A Trader Reduces Individuals Loss Aversion. PNAS, 106(13), 5035-40.
Ofen, N., Kao, Y-C., Sokol-Hessner, P., Kim, H., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S. & Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2007). Development of the declarative memory system in the human brain. Nature Neuroscience, 10, 1198-1205.