Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

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
  • Motivation
  • Smokers
  • Risk-Taking
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Inhibition (Psychology)
  • Child
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Saccades
  • Cues

Recent Publications


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.


Adise, S, Geier, CF, Roberts, NJ, White, CN & Keller, KL 2019, 'Food or money? Children's brains respond differently to rewards regardless of weight status', Pediatric Obesity, vol. 14, no. 2, e12469.
Scherf, KS, Griffin, JW, Judy, B, Whyte, EM, Geier, CF, Elbich, D & Smyth, JM 2018, 'Improving sensitivity to eye gaze cues in autism using serious game technology: Study protocol for a phase i randomised controlled trial', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 9, e023682.
Hallquist, MN, Geier, CF & Luna, B 2018, 'Incentives facilitate developmental improvement in inhibitory control by modulating control-related networks', NeuroImage, vol. 172, pp. 369-380.
Adise, S, Geier, CF, Roberts, NJ, White, CN & Keller, KL 2018, 'Is brain response to food rewards related to overeating? A test of the reward surfeit model of overeating in children', Appetite, vol. 128, pp. 167-179.


Lydon-Staley, DM & Geier, CF 2018, 'Age-Varying Associations Between Cigarette Smoking, Sensation Seeking, and Impulse Control Through Adolescence and Young Adulthood', Journal of Research on Adolescence, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 354-367.
MacLean, RR, Pincus, AL, Smyth, JM, Geier, CF & Wilson, SJ 2018, 'Extending the Balloon Analogue Risk Task to Assess Naturalistic Risk Taking via a Mobile Platform', Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 107-116.
Hawes, SW, Chahal, R, Hallquist, MN, Paulsen, DJ, Geier, CF & Luna, B 2017, 'Modulation of reward-related neural activation on sensation seeking across development', NeuroImage, vol. 147, pp. 763-771.
Geier, C, Roberts, N & Lydon-Staley, D 2018, 'The Effects of Smoking Abstinence on Incentivized Spatial Working Memory', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 86-93.


Sweitzer, MM, Geier, CF, Denlinger, R, Forbes, EE, Raiff, BR, Dallery, J, McClernon, FJ & Donny, EC 2016, 'Blunted striatal response to monetary reward anticipation during smoking abstinence predicts lapse during a contingency-managed quit attempt', Psychopharmacology, vol. 233, no. 5, pp. 751-760.
Sweitzer, MM, Geier, CF, Addicott, MA, Denlinger, R, Raiff, BR, Dallery, J, McClernon, FJ & Donny, EC 2016, 'Smoking Abstinence-Induced Changes in Resting State Functional Connectivity with Ventral Striatum Predict Lapse during a Quit Attempt', Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 41, no. 10, pp. 2521-2529.
Lydon, DM, Howard, MC, Wilson, SJ & Geier, CF 2016, 'The perceived causal structures of smoking: Smoker and non-smoker comparisons', Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 21, no. 9, pp. 2042-2051.
Lydon, DM, Ram, N, Conroy, DE, Pincus, AL, Geier, CF & Maggs, JL 2016, 'The within-person association between alcohol use and sleep duration and quality in situ: An experience sampling study', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 61, pp. 68-73.

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