Todd F. Heatherton
Lincoln Filene Professor of Human RelationsNorris Cotton Cancer Center Investigator
My recent research takes a social brain sciences approach, which combines theories and methods of evolutionary psychology, social cognition, and cognitive neuroscience to examine the neural underpinnings of social behavior. Much of this research examines processes related to self, particular self-regulation, self-esteem, and self-referential processing.
Heatherton, T.F. (2011). Neuroscience of Self and Self-Regulation. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 363-390.
Heatherton, T.F. & Wagner, D.D. (2011). Cognitive neuroscience of self-regulation failure. Trends in Cognitive Science, 15, 132-139.
Wagner, D.D., Dal Cin, S., Sargent, J.D., Kelley, W.M., & Heatherton, T.F. (2011). Spontaneous action representation in smokers when watching movie characters smoke. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 894-898.
Demos, K.D., Heatherton, T.F., & Kelley, W.M. (2012). Individual differences in nucleus accumbens activity to food and sexual images predict weight gain and sexual behavior. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 5549-5552.
Wagner, D.D., Kelley, W.M., & Heatherton, T.F. (2012). Individual differences in the spontaneous recruitment of brain regions supporting mental state understanding when viewing natural social scenes. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 2788-2796.
Wagner, D.D., Boswell, B.G., Kelley, W.M., & Heatherton, T.F. (2012). Inducing negative affect increases the reward value of appetizing food in dieters. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 1625-33
Powers, K.E., Somerville, L. H., Kelley, W.M., & Heatherton, T.F. (2013). Rejection sensitivity polarizes striatal-medial prefrontal activity when anticipating social feedback. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1887-1895.
Wagner, D.D., Altman, M., Boswell, R.G., Kelley, W.M., & Heatherton, T.F. (2013). Self-regulatory depletion enhances neural responses to rewards and impairs top-down control. Psychological Science, 24, 2262-2271.
Works in progress
“Effects of Social Context on the Neural Correlates of Cue Reactivity”
“Neural Correlates of Social Rejection and Social Memory”
“Medial Prefrontal Activity and Self-Referential Processing”
Selected works and activities
BOOK: Heatherton, T.F. & Weinberger, J.L. (Eds.). (1994). Can Personality Change? Washington, D.C. American Psychological Association. (paperback 1998).
BOOK: Baumeister, R.F., Heatherton, T.F., & Tice, D. (1994). Losing Control: How and Why People Fail at Self- Regulation. San Diego: Academic Press.
BOOK: Heatherton, T.F., Kleck, R.E., Hebl, M. & Hull, J.G. (Eds). (2000). The Social Psychology of Stigma. Guilford Press. (paperback, 2003)
BOOK: Gazzaniga, M.S. Heatherton, T.F., Halpern, D. & Heine, S. (2010). Psychological Sciences: Mind, Brain, and Behavior. W.W. Norton. (3rd Canadian edition).
BOOK: Gazzaniga, M.S. Heatherton, T.F. & Halpern, D. (2011). Psychological Sciences: Mind, Brain, and Behavior. W.W. Norton. (4th edition).