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2017 / In press

  • Parkinson, C., Kleinbaum, A., & Wheatley, T. (under review). Neural homophily: Similar neural responses predict friendship. On BioRxiv here.
  • Parkinson, C., Kleinbaum, A., & Wheatley, T. (in press). Spontaneous Neural Encoding of Social Network Position. Nature Human Behavior.  On SSRN here.
  • Kang, O.E. & Wheatley, T. (in press). Pupil dilation patterns spontaneously synchronize across individuals during shared attention. JEP: General
  • Wheatley, T. (in press).  What is Psychology? In D. Rockmore (Ed). What Is the Arts and Sciences? University Press-New England.
  • Wheatley, T. (2017). Biology versus choice. In J. Brockman (Ed.) Know this: Today's most interesting and important scientific ideas, discoveries, and developments. Harper Collins., p 269-270.


  • Parkinson, C., Walker, T., Memmi, S., & Wheatley T. (2016). Emotions are understood from biological motion across remote cultures. Emotion, 16. doi: 10.1037/emo0000194.
  • Wheatley, T. (2016). Psychology and brain science are not zero-sum: Comment on Klein.  Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 3, 387-389.
  • Zinszer, B.D., Anderson, A.J., Kang, O.E., Wheatley T., & Raizada, R. (2016). Semantic structural alignment of neural representational spaces enables translation between English and Chinese words. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 1749–1759 doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01000. PDF
  • Parkinson, C., & Wheatley, T. (2016).  Reason for optimism: How a shifting focus on neural population codes is moving cognitive neuroscience beyond phrenology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X15001600. PDF
  • Wheatley, T. & Sievers, B.  (2016).  Toward a neuroscience of social resonance.  In J. Greene, I. Morrison & M. Seligman (Eds.) Positive Neuroscience. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Alexander, R., Schlegel, A., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Roskies, A.L., Wheatley, T. & Tse, P.U. (2016). Readiness potentials driven by non-motoric processes. Consciousness and Cognition, 39, 38-47. PDF


  • Kang, O., & Wheatley, T. (2015).  Pupil dilation patterns reflect the contents of consciousness.  Consciousness and Cognition, 35, 128-135. PDF
  • Parkinson, C., & Wheatley, T. (2015).  The repurposed social brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 133-141. PDF
  • Decety, J. & Wheatley, T. (Eds). (2015). The moral brain: A multidisciplinary perspective. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Wheatley, T. (2015). Neuroscience vs. Phenomenology and the Implications for Justice. In J. Decety & T. Wheatley (Eds.) The moral brain: A multidisciplinary perspective. (pp. 267-278). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Alexander, P.,* Schlegel, A., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Roskies, A., Tse, P.U., & Wheatley, T. (2015). Neural correlates of unconscious volition. In A. Mele (Ed.) Surrounding free will. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Schlegel, A.*, Alexander, P.*, Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Roskies, A., Tse, P.U., & Wheatley, T. (2015). Hypnotizing Libet:  Readiness potentials with non-conscious volition. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 196-203.  (*shared first author),  PDF


  • Christian, B.M.*, Parkinson, C.M*,  Macrae, C.N., Miles, L.K., & Wheatley, T., (2014). When imagining yourself in pain, visual perspective matters: The neural and behavioral correlates of simulated sensory experiences. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00754 (*shared first author) PDF
  • Powers, K., Worsham, A., Freeman, J., Wheatley, T., & Heatherton, T. (2014). Social connection modulates perceptions of animacy. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797614547706 PDF
  • Kang, O., Huffer, K., & Wheatley, T.  (2014). Pupil dilation dynamics track attention to high-level information. PLoS ONE.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102463 PDF
  • Parkinson, C.M., Liu, S., & Wheatley, T.  (2014). A common cortical metric for spatial, temporal and social distance.  Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 1979-1987. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2159-13.2014 PDF
  • Parkinson, C.M., & Wheatley, T. (2014). Relating anatomical and social connectivity: White matter microstructure predicts emotional empathy. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 614–625. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs347 PDF


  • Tse, P.U., Reavis, E.A., Kohler, P.J., Caplovitz, G.P., & Wheatley, T. (2013). How attention can alter appearances. In L. Albertazzi (Ed.). Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual perception of shape, space and appearance. Wiley-Blackwell.  doi/10.1002/9781118329016.ch12 
  • Parkinson, C.M. & Wheatley, T. (2013). Old cortex, new contexts: Re-purposing spatial perception for social cognition. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:645. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00645. PDF
  • Reavis, E., Kohler, P.J., Caplovitz, G.P, Wheatley, T., & Tse, P.U. (2013). Effects of attention on visual experience in monocular rivalry.  Vision Research, 83, 76-81. PDF
  • Schlegel, A., Alexander, P., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Roskies, A., Tse, P.U., & Wheatley, T. (2013). Barking up the wrong free: Readiness potentials reflect processes independent of conscious will.  Experimental Brain Research, 229, 329-335.  doi: 10.1007/s00221-013-3479-3 PDF
  • Sievers, B., Polansky, L., Casey, M., & Wheatley, T. (2013). Music and movement share a dynamic structure that supports universal expressions of emotion.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (direct submission), 110, 70-75doi:10.1073/pnas.1209023110 PDF
  • Sinnott-Armstrong, W., & Wheatley, T. (2013). Are moral judgments unified? Philosophical Psychology. doi:10.1080/09515089.2012.736075


  • Looser, C.E., Guntupalli, J. S., & Wheatley, T. (2012). Multi-voxel patterns in face-sensitive temporal regions reveal an encoding schema based on detecting life in a face.  Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience.  doi: 10.1093/scan/nss07 PDF
  • Parkinson, C.M., Kohler, P. J., Sievers, B. R., & Wheatley, T. (2012). Associations between auditory pitch and visual elevation do not depend on language: Evidence from a remote population. Perception, 41, 854-861. doi:10.1068/p7225 PDF
  • Wheatley, T., Kang, O., Parkinson, C.M., & Looser, C.E. (2012). From mind perception to mental connection: Synchrony as a mechanism for social understanding. Social Psychology and Personality Compass, 6, 589-606. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2012.00450.x PDF
  • Sinnott-Armstrong, W., & Wheatley, T. (2012). The disunity of morality and why it matters to philosophy. The Monist, 95 (3), 355-377. doi: 10.5840/monist201295319 PDF
  • Casey, M., Thompson, J., Kang, O., Raizada, R., and Wheatley, T. (2012). Population codes representing musical timbre for high-level fMRI categorization of music genres. Machine Learning and Interpretation of Neuroimaging, Springer Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) - Survey of the State of The Art Series. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-34713-9_5 PDF


  • Wheatley, T., Weinberg, A., Looser, C. E., Moran, T., & Hajcak, G. (2011). Mind perception: Real but not artificial faces sustain neural activity beyond the N170/VPP. PLoS ONE, epub Mar 31, 2011. PDF
  • Parkinson, C.M., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Koralus, P., Mendelovici, A., McGeer, V., & Wheatley, T. (2011). Is morality unified? Evidence that distinct neural systems underlie judgments of harm, dishonesty, and disgust. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3162-3180. [*GSP Award, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2010]. PDF
  • Parkinson, C.M. & Wheatley, T. (2011). Intention. In V. S. Ramachandran (Editor-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of human behavior (2nd Edition). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.


  • Looser, C.E., & Wheatley, T. (2010). The tipping point of animacy: How, when, and where we perceive life in a face. Psychological Science, 21, 1854-1862 [Featured in "News of the Week", Science, 331,19]. PDF
  • Heatherton, T. & Wheatley, T. (2010). Social neuroscience. In R. Baumeister, E. Finkel (Eds.) Advanced Social Psychology: The State of the Science, 575-612.
  • Wheatley, T. & Looser, C. (2010). Prospective codes fulfilled: A potential neural mechanism of will. In W. Sinnott-Armstrong & L. Nadel (Eds.) Conscious Will and Responsibility: A Tribute to Benjamin Libet. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381641.003.0014


  • Wheatley, T. & Martin, A. (2009). Neuroscience of social interaction. In Kaplan & Sadock (Eds.) Comprehensive textbook of psychiatry, Ninth Ed., 1, 345-353.
  • Wheatley, T. (2009). Everyday confabulation. In B. Hirstein (Ed.) Confabulation: Views from neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, and philosophy (pp 205-225). Oxford University Press.
  • Wheatley, T., Milleville, S., & Martin, A. (2007). Understanding animate agents: Distinct roles for the ‘social network’ and ‘mirror system’. Psychological Science, 18, 469-474. [Featured in "Editor's Choice", Science, 316, 1255]. PDF
  • Luo, Q., Nakic, M., Wheatley, T., Richell, R., Martin, A., & Blair, R.J.R. (2006) The neural basis of implicit moral attitude: an IAT study using event-related fMRI. NeuroImage, 30, 1449-57. PDF
  • Wheatley, T., Weisberg, J., Beauchamp, M. S. & Martin, A. (2005) Automatic priming of semantically related words reduces activity in the fusiform gyrus. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 1871-1885. PDF
  • Wheatley, T., & Haidt, J. D. (2005). Hypnotic disgust makes moral judgments more severe. Psychological Science, 16, 780-784. PDF

Before 2005

  • Wilson, T. D., Wheatley, T., Kurtz, J., Dunn, E., & Gilbert, D. T. (2004) Ready to fire: Anticipatory versus post-event reconstrual of uncontrollable events. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 340-351. PDF
  • Gilbert, D. T., Pinel, E. C., Wilson, T. D., Blumberg, S. J., & Wheatley, T. (2002). Durability bias in affective forecasting. In Gilovich, T., Griffin, D., & Kahneman, D. (Eds.), Heuristics and biases: The psychology of intuitive judgment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wheatley, T., & Wegner, D. M. (2001). Psychology of automaticity in action. In N. J. Smelser & P. B Baltes (Eds.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. New York: Elsevier Science. PDF
  • Wilson, T. D., Wheatley, T., Meyers, J. M., Gilbert, D. T., & Axsom, D. (2000). Focalism: A Source of durability bias in affective forecasting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 821-836. PDF
  • Hodges, S. D., Klaaren, K. J., & Wheatley, T. (2000). Talking about safe sex: The role of expectations and experience. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 330-349. PDF
  • Wegner, D. M., & Wheatley, T. (1999). Apparent mental causation: Sources of the experience of will. American Psychologist, 54, 480-492. PDF
  • Gilbert, D.T., Pinel, E.C., Wilson, T.D., Blumberg, S.J., & Wheatley, T. (1998) Immune Neglect: A Source of the Durability Bias in Affective Forecasting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 617-638. PDF
  • Wilson, T.D., Gilbert, D. T., & Wheatley, T. (1998). Protecting our minds: The role of lay beliefs. In V. Yzerbyt, G. Lorries, & B. Dardenne (Eds.), Metacognition, London: Sage.