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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Peter Sokol-Hessner

Dr. Sokol-Hessner is interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2021. He will review applications from students applying to either Affective/Social/Cognitive, Clinical, or Developmental Psychology programs.

Current Research and Projects

See the Sokol-Hessner Lab webpage for up to date information on what we're working on.

Professional Biography

The Sokol-Hessner Lab studies the intersection of affect and decision-making. We use computational models of behavior, a variety of physiological measures like skin conductance and eye tracking, and brain imaging to understand the specific ways in which components of affect and decision-making interact. Our work tends to fall in a few main areas: decision-making under risk, self-control and emotion regulation, and/or interpersonal interactions. 


  • PhD, New York University
  • BS, Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

  • Sokol-Hessner, P, Lackovic, SF, Tobe, RH, Camerer, CF, Leventhal, BL, Phelps, EA (2015) Determinants of propranolol's selective effect on loss aversion, Psychological Science, 26(7), p1123-1130
  • FeldmanHall, O, Sokol-Hessner, P, Van Bavel, JJ, Phelps, EA (2014) Fairness violations elicit greater punishment on behalf of another than for oneself, Nature Communications, 5(5306), p1-6 
  • Sokol-Hessner, P, Camerer, CF, Phelps, EA (2013) Emotion Regulation Reduces Loss Aversion and Decreases Amygdala Responses to Losses, SCAN, 8, p341-350

For a complete list of our publications and their PDFs, visit our lab webpage