Schneider, M.J., Rubin-McGregor, J., Elder, J., Hughes, B.L., Tamir, D. (under review). Simulation requires activation of self-knowledge to change self-concept.

Collier, E., & Hughes, B.L. (under review). What you say and how you say it: Helping listeners empathize through linguistic and nonverbal communication.

Elder, J.J., Davis, T.H., & Hughes, B.L. (under review). Self-derogating to align with group norms: Similarity-based learning drives assimilation of the group to the self. [link]

Elder, J.J., Davis, T.H., & Hughes, B.L. (under review). Self-concept certainty and stability are associated with semantic relations between self-beliefs. [link]

Derreumaux, Y.*, Elder, J.J.*, & Hughes, B.L. (under review). The influence of group norms and affective polarization on expressed ideology. [link]

Collier, E.A., & Hughes, B.L. (under review). What should you do to feel connected today? Predicting daily conversation outcomes using recursive partitioning. [link]

Hughes, B.L., Leong, J.K., Shiv, B., Zaki, J. (under review). The value of praise depends upon its source: Motivation influences behavioral and neural responses to social feedback. [link]

2023 and In Press

Elder, J.J., Davis, T.H., & Hughes, B.L. (in press). A fluid self-concept: How the brain maintains coherence and positivity across an interconnected self-concept while incorporating social feedback. Journal of Neuroscience. [link] 

Derreumaux, Y., Hughes, B., Lindskog, M., & Bergh, R. (in press). Group-Motivated Sampling: From Skewed Experiences to Biased Evaluations. To appear in K. Fiedler, P. Juslin & J. Denrell (Eds), Sampling in judgment and decision making. Cambridge University Press. [link

Derreumaux, Y., Elder, J.J., Ben-Zeev, A., Suri, G., Quimby, T., & Hughes, B.L. (2023). Stereotypes disrupt probabilistic category learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. [link]

Derreumaux, Y., Shamsian, K., & Hughes, B.L. (2023). Computational underpinnings of partisan information processing biases and associations with depth of cognitive reasoning. Cognition. [link]

Elder, J.J., Cheung, B., Davis, T.H., & Hughes, B.L. (2023). Mapping the Self: A network approach for understanding psychological and neural representations of self-concept structure. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [link

Rubien-Thomas, E., Berrian, N., Rapuano, K., Skalaban, L., Cervera, A., Nardos, B., Cohen, A.O., Lowrey, A., Daumeyer, N., Watts, R., Camp, N.P., Hughes, B.L., Eberhardt, J.L., Taylor-Thompson, K., Fair, D.A., Richeson, J.A., & Casey, B. (2023). Uncertain threat is associated with greater impulsive actions and neural dissimilarity to Black versus White faces. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.


Elder, J.J., Davis, T.H., & Hughes, B.L. (2022). Learning About the Self: Motives for coherence and positivity constrain learning from self-relevant feedback. Psychological Science. [link]

Derreumaux, Y., Bergh, R., & Hughes, B.L. (2022). Partisan-motivated sampling: Re-examining politically motivated reasoning across the information processing stream. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [link]


Dorfman, H., Tomov, M., Cheung, B., Clarke, D., Gershman, S., & Hughes, B.L. (2021). Causal inference gates corticostriatal learning. Journal of Neuroscience. [link

Wu, Q., He, Y., Luo, Y., Hughes, B. L., Jiang, C., & Chen, X. (2021). Self-choice preference: The propensity to under-delegate irrespective of sense of control. Acta Psychologica, 214, 103262. [link]

Rubien-Thomas, E., Cohen, A.O., Li, A., Nardos, B., Cervera, A., Lowrey, A.A., Dellarco, D.V., Daumeyer, N.M., Camp, N.P., Hughes B.L., Eberhardt, J.L., Fair, D.A., Taylor-Thompson, K.A., Richeson, J.A., and Casey, BJ. (2021). The effects of race on impulsive reactions under conditions of perceived threat. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience.


LaCour, M., Hughes, B., Goldwater, M., Ireland, M., Worthy, D., Van Allen, J., Gaylord, N., Van Hoosier, G., & Davis, T. (2020). The Double Bind of Communicating About Zoonotic Origins: Describing Exotic Animal Sources of COVID‐19 Increases Both Healthy and Discriminatory Avoidance Intentions. Risk Analysis. [link]

Davis, T., LaCour, M., Goldwater, M., Hughes, B., Ireland, M. E., Worthy, D. A., Gaylord, N., & Van Allen, J. (2020). Communicating about diseases that originate in animals: Lessons from the psychology of inductive reasoning. Behavioral Science & Policy, 6, 1-11. [link]

Michalska, K.J.*, Gardiner, G., & Hughes, B.L.* (2020). What neuroscience can tell us about social situations: Challenges and opportunities. In Funder, D. & Sherman, R. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Psychological Situations, Oxford University Press.


Hughes, B.L.*, Camp. N.P.*, Gomez, J., Natu, V.S., Grill-Spector, K., Eberhardt, J.L. (2019). Neural adaptation to faces underlies racial out-group homogeneity effects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(29), 14532-14537. [link]

Leong, Y.C., Hughes, B.L., Wang, Y., Zaki, J. (2019). Neurocomputational mechanisms underlying motivated seeing. Nature Human Behavior, 3(9), 962-973. [link]


Dorfman, H.M., Bhui, R., Hughes, B.L., Gershman, S.J. (2018). Causal inference about good and bad outcomes. Psychological Science, 30(4), 516-525. [link]

Tamir, D.I.* & Hughes, B.L.* (2018). Social rewards: From basic social building blocks to complex social behaviors. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13(6), 700-717. [link]

Phillips, L.T., Slepian, M.L., & Hughes, B.L. (2018). Perceiving groups: Rapid and accurate extraction of dominance and hierarchy information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114(5), 766-785. [link]


Hughes, B.L., Zaki, J., Ambady, N. (2017). Motivation alters impression formation and related neural systems. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 12(1), 49-60. [link]


Hughes, B.L., Ambady, N., Zaki, J. (2016). Trusting outgroup, but not ingroup members, requires control: Neural and behavioral evidence. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 12(3), 372-381. [link]


Sawaoka, T., Hughes, B.L., Ambady, N. (2015). Power heightens sensitivity to unfairness against the self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. [link]

Hughes, B.L., & Zaki, J. (2015). The neuroscience of motivated cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. [link]


Beer, J.S., Chester, D.S., Hughes, B.L. (2013). Worse-than-average, but not if you say so or I'm busy: The effects of self-esteem threat and cognitive load on social comparisons. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 706-711.

Hughes, B.L., & Beer, J.S. (2013). Protecting the self: The effect of social-evaluative threat on neural representations of self. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 613-622. [link]

Buhle, J., Kober, H., Ochsner, K., Mende-Siedlecki, P., Weber, J., Hughes, B., Kross, E., Atlas, L., McRae, K., Wager, T. (2013). Common representation of pain and negative emotion in the midbrain periaqueductal gray. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience. [link]


Hughes, B.L., & Beer, J.S. (2012). Medial orbitofrontal cortex is associated with shifting decision thresholds in self-serving cognition. NeuroImage, 61, 889-898. [link]

Hughes, B.L., & Beer, J.S. (2012). Orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex are modulated by motivated social cognition. Cerebral Cortex, 22, 1372-1381. [link]


Beer, J.S., & Hughes, B.L. (2011) Self-enhancement: A social neuroscience perspective. The handbook of self-enhancement and self-protection. M. Alicke & C. Sedikides (Eds). New York, NY: Guilford Press. [link]


Beer, J.S., Bhanji, J.P., Hughes, B.L., Freedman, G., Fetterolf, J. (2010). The neural architecture of trustworthiness judgments: Judging a book by its cover and content. Frontiers in Neuroscience. [link]

Beer, J.S., & Hughes, B.L. (2010). Neural systems of social comparison and the "Above-Average" Effect. NeuroImage, 49, 2671-2679. 

McRae, K., Hughes, B., Chopra, S., Gabrieli, J.D.E., Gross, J.J., & Ochsner, K.N. (2010). The neural bases of distraction and reappraisal. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 248-262. [link]


Ochsner, K.N., Ray, R.R., Hughes, B.L., McRae, K., Cooper, J.C., Weber, J., Gabrieli, J.D.E., & Gross, J.J. (2009). Bottom-up and Top-down processes in emotion generation: Common and distinct neural mechanisms. Psychological Science, 20(11), 1322-1331. [link]

Wager, T.D., Van Ast, L., Hughes, B.L., Davidson, M.L. Lindquist, M.A., Ochsner, K.N. (2009). Brain mediators of cardiovascular responses to social threat: Prefrontal-subcortical pathways and relationship with anxiety. NeuroImage, 47(3), 836-851. [link]

Ochsner, K.N., Hughes, B.L., Robertson, E., Cooper, J.C. & Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2009). Neural systems supporting the control of affective and cognitive conflicts. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12(9), 1841-1854. [link]


Wager, T.D., Davidson, M.L., Hughes, B.L., Lindquist, M., Ochsner, K.N. (2008). Prefrontal-subcortical pathways mediating successful emotion regulation. Neuron, 59, 1-14. [link]