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Last Name

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, Sayette MA. All cravings are not created equal. Addiction. 2015 Feb; 110(2):207-9.
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  2. Wilson SJ, Delgado MR, McKee SA, Grigson PS, MacLean RR, Nichols TT, Henry SL. Weak ventral striatal responses to monetary outcomes predict an unwillingness to resist cigarette smoking. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2014 Dec; 14(4):1196-207.
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  3. Wilson SJ, Smyth JM, MacLean RR. Integrating ecological momentary assessment and functional brain imaging methods: new avenues for studying and treating tobacco dependence. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 May; 16 Suppl 2:S102-10.
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  4. Wilson SJ, Sayette MA, Fiez JA. Self-control, negative affect and neural activity during effortful cognition in deprived smokers. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2014 Jun; 9(6):887-94.
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  5. Nichols TT, Gates KM, Molenaar PC, Wilson SJ. Greater BOLD activity but more efficient connectivity is associated with better cognitive performance within a sample of nicotine-deprived smokers. Addict Biol. 2014 Sep; 19(5):931-40.
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  6. Beltz AM, Gates KM, Engels AS, Molenaar PC, Pulido C, Turrisi R, Berenbaum SA, Gilmore RO, Wilson SJ. Changes in alcohol-related brain networks across the first year of college: a prospective pilot study using fMRI effective connectivity mapping. Addict Behav. 2013 Apr; 38(4):2052-9.
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Rankin KP, Salazar A, Gorno-Tempini ML, Sollberger M, Wilson SM, Pavlic D, Stanley CM, Glenn S, Weiner MW, Miller BL. Detecting sarcasm from paralinguistic cues: anatomic and cognitive correlates in neurodegenerative disease. Neuroimage. 2009 Oct 1; 47(4):2005-15.
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  12. Pa J, Wilson SM, Pickell H, Bellugi U, Hickok G. Neural organization of linguistic short-term memory is sensory modality-dependent: evidence from signed and spoken language. J Cogn Neurosci. 2008 Dec; 20(12):2198-210.
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  13. Wilson SJ, Sayette MA, Delgado MR, Fiez JA. Effect of smoking opportunity on responses to monetary gain and loss in the caudate nucleus. J Abnorm Psychol. 2008 May; 117(2):428-34.
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  14. Wilson SJ, Sayette MA, Fiez JA, Brough E. Carry-over effects of smoking cue exposure on working memory performance. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 May; 9(5):613-9.
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  15. Wilson SJ, Sayette MA, Delgado MR, Fiez JA. Instructed smoking expectancy modulates cue-elicited neural activity: a preliminary study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2005 Aug; 7(4):637-45.
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  16. Wilson SM, Saygin AP, Sereno MI, Iacoboni M. Listening to speech activates motor areas involved in speech production. Nat Neurosci. 2004 Jul; 7(7):701-2.
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  17. Wilson SJ, Sayette MA, Fiez JA. Prefrontal responses to drug cues: a neurocognitive analysis. Nat Neurosci. 2004 Mar; 7(3):211-4.
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  18. Bates E, Wilson SM, Saygin AP, Dick F, Sereno MI, Knight RT, Dronkers NF. Voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping. Nat Neurosci. 2003 May; 6(5):448-50.
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