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Charles Geier, PhD

Charles Geier, PhD

Dr. Frances Keesler Graham Early Career Professorship, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Penn State Neuroscience Institute
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Reward
  • Brain
  • Smoking
  • Child
  • Motivation
  • Food
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Smokers
  • Risk-Taking
  • Weights and Measures
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Psychological Inhibition

Recent Publications


Keller, KL, Pearce, AL, Fuchs, B, Hallisky, K, Rolls, BJ, Wilson, SJ, Geier, C & Rose, EJ 2023, 'Children with lower ratings of executive functions have a greater response to the portion size effect', Appetite, vol. 186, 106569.
Gunther, KE, Petrie, D, Pérez-Edgar, K & Geier, C 2023, 'Relations Between Executive Functioning and Internalizing Symptoms Vary as a Function of Frontoparietal-amygdala Resting State Connectivity', Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, vol. 51, no. 6, pp. 775-788.
Chung, YI, White, R, Geier, CF, Johnston, SJ, Smyth, JM, Delgado, MR, McKee, SA & Wilson, SJ 2023, 'Testing the efficacy of real-time fMRI neurofeedback for training people who smoke daily to upregulate neural responses to nondrug rewards', Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 440-456.


Gunther, KE, Petrie, D, Pearce, AL, Fuchs, BA, Pérez-Edgar, K, Keller, KL & Geier, C 2022, 'Heterogeneity in PFC-amygdala connectivity in middle childhood, and concurrent interrelations with inhibitory control and anxiety symptoms', Neuropsychologia, vol. 174, 108313.


Adise, S, White, CN, Roberts, NJ, Geier, CF & Keller, KL 2021, 'Children's inhibitory control abilities in the presence of rewards are related to weight status and eating in the absence of hunger', Appetite, vol. 167, 105610.
Laskowitz, S, Griffin, JW, Geier, CF & Scherf, KS 2021, 'Cracking the Code of Live Human Social Interactions in Autism: A Review of the Eye-Tracking Literature', Proceedings of Machine Learning Research, vol. 173, pp. 242-264.
Fuchs, BA, Roberts, NJ, Adise, S, Pearce, AL, Geier, CF, White, C, Oravecz, Z & Keller, KL 2021, 'Decision-Making Processes Related to Perseveration Are Indirectly Associated With Weight Status in Children Through Laboratory-Assessed Energy Intake', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 12, 652595.
Petrie, DJ, Chow, SM & Geier, CF 2021, 'Effective connectivity during an avoidance-based pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer task', Brain Sciences, vol. 11, no. 11, 1472.
Frank, JL, Broderick, PC, Oh, Y, Mitra, J, Kohler, K, Schussler, DL, Geier, C, Roeser, RW, Berrena, E, Mahfouz, J, Levitan, J & Greenberg, MT 2021, 'The Effectiveness of a Teacher-Delivered Mindfulness-Based Curriculum on Adolescent Social-Emotional and Executive Functioning', Mindfulness, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 1234-1251.


Chaby, LE, Lasseter, HC, Geier, C & Jeromin, A 2020, 'Determining effects of adolescent stress exposure on risk for posttraumatic stress disorder in adulthood', Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, vol. 36, pp. 79-89.
Kling, SMR, Pearce, AL, Reynolds, ML, Garavan, H, Geier, CF, Rolls, BJ, Rose, EJ, Wilson, SJ & Keller, KL 2020, 'Development and Pilot Testing of Standardized Food Images for Studying Eating Behaviors in Children', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, 1729.
Pearce, AL, Adise, S, Roberts, NJ, White, C, Geier, CF & Keller, KL 2020, 'Individual differences in the influence of taste and health impact successful dietary self-control: A mouse tracking food choice study in children', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 223, 112990.


Roberts, NJ, Oravecz, Z, Sprague, BN & Geier, CF 2019, 'A novel hierarchical later process model: Evaluating latent sources of variation in reaction times of adult daily smokers', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 10, no. JULY, 474.