Alison Harris, Ph.D. 

Cook-Ostby Associate Professor of Psychology and George R. Roberts Fellow


Psychological Science

Areas of Expertise

Cognitive Neuroscience
Decision Neuroscience


As a cognitive neuroscientist, I am interested in how activity in the brain gives rise to complex cognitive behaviors. My research uses event-related potentials (ERP) to measure neural dynamics of perception and cognition, particularly how factors like preference, contextual goals (e.g., losing weight), and effort affect decision making.



Ph.D., Harvard University


Research and Publications

Harris, A. & Hutcherson, C.A. (2021). Temporal dynamics of decision making: A synthesis of computational and neurophysiological approaches. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. e1586.


Harris, A., Young, A., Hughson, L., Green, D., Doan, S.N., Hughson, E., & Reed, C.L. (2020). Perceived relative social status and cognitive load influence acceptance of unfair offers in the Ultimatum Game. PLOS ONE. 15(1): e0227717.


Siqi-Liu, A., Harris, A., Atkinson, A.P., & Reed, C.L. (2018). Dissociable processing of emotional and neutral body movements revealed by µ-alpha and beta rhythms. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 13(12):1269-1279.


Harris, A., Clithero, J.A., & Hutcherson, C.A. (2018) Accounting for taste: A multi-attribute neurocomputational model explains the neural dynamics of choices for self and others. Journal of Neuroscience. 38(37):7952-7968.


Harris A, Lim S-L. (2016). Temporal dynamics of sensorimotor networks in effort-based cost-benefit valuation: Early emergence and late net value integration. Journal of Neuroscience. 36(27): 7167-7183.


Harris A, Vyas DB, Reed CL. (2016). Holistic processing for bodies and body parts: New evidence from stereoscopic depth manipulations. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 23(5): 1513-1519.


Sullivan N, Hutcherson C, Harris A, Rangel A. (2015). Dietary self-control is related to the speed with which attributes of healthfulness and tastiness are processed. Psychological Science. 26(2): 122-134.


Harris A, Hare T, Rangel A. (2013). Temporally dissociable mechanisms of self-control: Early attentional filtering versus late value modulation. Journal of Neuroscience. 33(48): 18917-18931.

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