COLLABORATORS

LAB ALUMNI

FORMER RESEARCH ASSISTANTS


Liz
Phelps
Joseph
Dunsmoor
Oriel
Feldman
Hall

Claire
Gillan

Marijn
Kroes

Peter
Sokol-
Hessner

Elizabeth
Goldfarb

Karolina
Lempert

Jennifer
Lenow

Candace
M. Raio

Jackie "of
all trades"
Reitzes

Michael
Meager

Jessica
Dalrymple

Sandra
Lackovic

Catherine
Stevenson

Gus
Baker

Eli
Johnson

Temidayo
Orederu

Chrissy
Sandman



Doctoral Student
New York University
Department of Psychology
Cognition & Perception Program

M.A., Psychology, New York University (Jan 2009)

B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences (2004)
Dartmouth College

Email: psokolhessner@nyu.edu

Research:
Since arriving at the Phelps Lab in the fall of 2005, I have pursued research in decision-making. This has involved study in the burgeoning field of neuroeconomics, as well as in the psychology of decision-making and social neuroscience. I have been conducting a series of studies in collaboration with Colin Camerer's lab at the California Institute of Technology, studying the phenomenon of loss aversion using behavioral methods, physiological measurements (including skin conductance and startle eyeblink), and functional imaging. To this work we have brought a parameterized study of the use of strategies in choice behavior, and shown that people can intentionally change how they make decisions, in a very specific and reliable fashion, and that these changes result not only in changes in the decisions people make, but also in their physiological reactions to wins and losses, and in their brain activity. Some projects that are currently in development are aimed at more explicitly examining the relationship between arousal and decision-making, with pharmacological methods or induction techniques borrowed from other areas of psychology. I also have some ongoing collaborations with other members of my lab, investigating the relationship between implicit and explicit beliefs and decision behavior in social contexts.

Before NYU, I studied at Dartmouth College with Prof. William Kelley, Prof. George Wolford, and Dr. Joe Moran on an fMRI study of neural activity when anticipating and receiving rewards and punishments, and at Stanford University with Prof. John Gabrieli, Dr. Noa Ofen, and Dr. Ching Kao on studies involving the cognitive reappraisal of emotion, priming effects on judgments of learning, and the development of long term memory and executive functions.

In the fall of 2010, I anticipate beginning a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Antonio Rangel at the California Institute of Technology.

Publications:
Ofen, N., Kao, Y-C., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Kim, H., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2007, August) Development of the declarative memory system in the human brain, Nature Neuroscience, 10, p1198-1205

Sokol-Hessner, P.., Hsu, M., Curley, N.G., Delgado, M., Camerer, C., Phelps E.A. (2009, March) Thinking Like A Trader Reduces Individuals' Loss Aversion

Miller, M.B., Donovan, C.-L., van Horn, J.D., German, E., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Wolford, G.L. (2009, June) Unique and persistent individual patterns of brain activity across different memory retrieval tasks, NeuroImage, 48(3), p625-635

McRae, K., Gross, J., Robertson, E., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Ray, R., Gabrieli, J.D., Ochsner, K. (under review) The development of emotion regulation from childhood through adolescence: It’s the thought that counts

Stanley, D., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Banaji, M., Phelps, E.A. (in preparation) In whom we trust: implicit race bias predicts bias in trust evaluations and decisions

Sokol-Hessner, P.., Moran, J., Wolford, G.L., Kelley, W.M. (in preparation). Dissociating reward anticipation from reward outcome: an event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging study of nucleus accumbens behavior

Posters:
Stanley, D., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Perino, M., Banaji, M., Phelps, E.A. (2008, September) Implicit Race Bias Influences Estimations of Trustworthiness. Society for Neuroeconomics Conference

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2007, November) Thinking Like A Trader: Regulating Loss Aversion, Society for Neuroscience Press Conference

Sokol-Hessner, P.., Hsu, M., Curley, N., Delgado, M., Camerer, C., Phelps, E.A. (2007, November) Thinking Like A Trader: Distinct Neural Correlates of Loss Aversion and its Intentional Regulation, Society for Neuroscience

Sokol-Hessner, P.. Hsu, M., Curley, N., Delgado, M., Camerer, C., Phelps, E.A. (2007, September) Thinking Like A Trader: Distinct Neural Correlates of Loss Aversion and its Regulation, Society for Neuroeconomics

Curley, N., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Hsu, M., Delgado, M., Camerer, C., Phelps, E.A. (2007, September) Reappraising Loss Aversion: A Physiological Correlate of the Relative Overvaluation of Losses, Society for Neuroeconomics

Sokol-Hessner, P.., Hsu, M., Curley, N., Delgado, M., Camerer, C., Phelps E.A. (2007, May) Reappraising Loss Aversion: Physiological and Neural Correlates of the Intentional Regulation of Loss Aversion, Neural Systems of Social Behavior Conference

Curley, N., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Hsu, M., Delgado, M., Camerer, C., Phelps, E.A. (2007, May) Reappraising Loss Aversion: A Physiological Correlate of the Relative Overvaluation of Losses, Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Sokol-Hessner, P.., Curley, N., Hsu, M., Delgado, M., Camerer, C., Phelps, E.A. (2006, September) Reappraising Loss Aversion: Manipulating Choices with Emotion Regulation Strategies, Society for Neuroeconomics

Ofen, N., Kao, Y.C., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Motsinger, J., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2006, June) Developmental relationship between memory systems underlying successful memory encoding, working memory, source memory, and speed of processing, Organization for Human Brain Mapping

Donovan, C.L., Sokol-Hessner, P.., German, E., Van Horn, J.D., Miller, M.B. (2006, Apr.) Sex and individual differences in brain activity during episodic retrieval, working memory, and semantic retrieval as measured with fMRI, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, #C138

McRae, K., Ochsner, K.N., Robertson, E.R., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Ray, R.D., Gross, J.J., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2006, Apr.) The developmental trajectory of the cognitive control of emotion, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, #F16

Donovan, C.L., Sokol-Hessner, P.., German, E., Van Horn, J.D., Miller, M.B. (2005, Nov.) Sex and individual differences in brain activity during episodic retrieval, working memory, and semantic retrieval as measured with fMRI, Society for Neuroscience, #409.20

Sokol-Hessner, P.., Kao, Y.C., Ofen, N., Motsinger, J., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2005, Apr.) Relating the development of executive functions and long term memory, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, #G136

McRae, K., Ochsner, K.N., Robertson, E.R., Sokol-Hessner, P.., Ray, R.D., Gross, J.J., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2005, Apr.) Exploring the neural bases of the development of emotion regulation, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, #F117

Sokol-Hessner, P.., Moran, J., Wolford, G.L., Kelley, W.M. (2004, Oct.) Dissociating reward anticipation from reward outcome: an fMRI study of nucleus accumbens behavior, Society for Neuroscience, #785.13

Donovan, C.L., Sokol-Hessner, P.., German, E., Van Horn, J.D., Miller, M.B. (2004, Apr.) Individual variability in brain activations during episodic retrieval compared to working memory and semantic retrieval: a longitudinal fMRI study, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, #B107

Talks:
Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2010, March) Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Connecting behavior, the body, and the brain to better understand how and why we choose, Lab49 Inc Seminar Series Invited Talk

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2009, October) The Role of Physiological Arousal in Decision-Making: Or, how your body may affect your choices, NYU Alumni Day Invited Talk

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2009, January) Arousal and Decision-Making: Induction and Inhibition, California Institute of Technology, Open Joint Camerer/Rangel Lab Meeting

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2008, November) Losses: The Role of Arousal in Decision-Making: Regulation, Induction, and Inhibition, NYU Psychology Cognition & Perception Brown Bag

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2008, May) Decision-Making: Why We Do What We Do!, Hunter College High School Invited Talk

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2007, November) Thinking Like A Trader: Regulating Loss Aversion, Society for Neuroscience Press Conference

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2007, September) Thinking Like a Trader: The Effect of a Cognitive Strategy on Loss Aversion, NYU Mini-Convention Second Year Talk

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2006, December) Losses: Why Exactly Do We Totally Flip Out?: Evidence on loss aversion from our choices, arousal, and brains, NYU Psychology Cognition & Perception Brown Bag

Sokol-Hessner, P.. (2006, May) Reappraising Loss Aversion: Manipulating Choices with Emotion Regulation Strategies, NYU Mini- Convention First Year Talk