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Stephen Wilson

InstitutionCollege of Liberal Arts
Address438 Moore Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Other Positions
InstitutionHuck Institutes of the Life Sciences


Assistant Professor of Psychology




Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2008


Dr. Wilson's research focuses primarily on addictive behavior, with a specific focus on cigarette smoking. The overarching goal of his research program is to advance understanding of the self-regulatory failures characteristic of drug addiction. Dr. Wilson utilizes an interdisciplinary approach that integrates theory and methods from traditional behavioral addiction research with those derived from the affective, cognitive and social neurosciences (e.g., functional brain imaging). His current work is directed at examining how the engagement of such resources affects the performance of tasks requiring cognitive control, as well as how such effects vary as a function of individual differences in cognitive ability and the nature of the task being performed.

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  1. Wilson SJ, Maclean RR. Associations between self-control and dimensions of nicotine dependence: a preliminary report. Addict Behav. 2013 Mar; 38(3):1812-5.
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  2. Wilson SJ, Creswell KG, Sayette MA, Fiez JA. Ambivalence about smoking and cue-elicited neural activity in quitting-motivated smokers faced with an opportunity to smoke. Addict Behav. 2013 Feb; 38(2):1541-9.
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  3. Wilson SJ, Sayette MA, Fiez JA. Neural correlates of self-focused and other-focused strategies for coping with cigarette cue exposure. Psychol Addict Behav. 2013 Jun; 27(2):466-76.
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  4. Gesierich B, Jovicich J, Riello M, Adriani M, Monti A, Brentari V, Robinson SD, Wilson SM, Fairhall SL, Gorno-Tempini ML. Distinct neural substrates for semantic knowledge and naming in the temporoparietal network. Cereb Cortex. 2012 Oct; 22(10):2217-26.
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  5. Wilson SJ, Sayette MA, Fiez JA. Quitting-unmotivated and quitting-motivated cigarette smokers exhibit different patterns of cue-elicited brain activation when anticipating an opportunity to smoke. J Abnorm Psychol. 2012 Feb; 121(1):198-211.
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