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Stephen Wilson, PhD

Stephen Wilson, PhD

Professor, Psychology
Associate Professor, Psychology
Penn State Neuroscience Institute
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Brain
  • Cues
  • Tobacco Products
  • Smoking
  • Smokers
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Craving
  • Nicotine
  • Smoke
  • Food
  • Child
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

Recent Publications


Fuchs, BA, Pearce, AL, Rolls, BJ, Wilson, SJ, Rose, EJ, Geier, C & Keller, KL 2024, 'Does ‘portion size’ matter? Brain responses to food and non-food cues presented in varying amounts', Appetite, vol. 196, 107289.
Sangchooli, A, Zare-Bidoky, M, Fathi Jouzdani, A, Schacht, J, Bjork, JM, Claus, ED, Prisciandaro, JJ, Wilson, SJ, Wüstenberg, T, Potvin, S, Ahmadi, P, Bach, P, Baldacchino, A, Beck, A, Brady, KT, Brewer, JA, Childress, AR, Courtney, KE, Ebrahimi, M, Filbey, FM, Garavan, H, Ghahremani, DG, Goldstein, RZ, Goudriaan, AE, Grodin, EN, Hanlon, CA, Haugg, A, Heilig, M, Heinz, A, Holczer, A, Van Holst, RJ, Joseph, JE, Juliano, AC, Kaufman, MJ, Kiefer, F, Khojasteh Zonoozi, A, Kuplicki, RT, Leyton, M, London, ED, MacKey, S, McClernon, FJ, Mellick, WH, Morley, K, Noori, HR, Oghabian, MA, Oliver, JA, Owens, M, Paulus, MP, Perini, I, Rafei, P, Ray, LA, Sinha, R, Smolka, MN, Soleimani, G, Spanagel, R, Steele, VR, Tapert, SF, Vollstädt-Klein, S, Wetherill, RR, Witkiewitz, K, Yuan, K, Zhang, X, Verdejo-Garcia, A, Potenza, MN, Janes, AC, Kober, H, Zilverstand, A & Ekhtiari, H 2024, 'Parameter Space and Potential for Biomarker Development in 25 Years of fMRI Drug Cue Reactivity: A Systematic Review', JAMA Psychiatry, vol. 81, no. 4, pp. 414-425.
Fuchs, BA, Pearce, AL, Rolls, BJ, Wilson, SJ, Rose, EJ, Geier, CF, Garavan, H & Keller, KL 2024, 'The Cerebellar Response to Visual Portion Size Cues Is Associated with the Portion Size Effect in Children', Nutrients, vol. 16, no. 5, 738.


Pearce, AL, Hallisky, K, Rolls, BJ, Wilson, SJ, Rose, E, Geier, CF, Garavan, H & Keller, KL 2023, 'Children at high familial risk for obesity show executive functioning deficits prior to development of excess weight status', Obesity, vol. 31, no. 12, pp. 2998-3007.
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.
Huang, S, Furer, ML, Smyth, JM & Wilson, SJ 2023, 'Momentary associations between affect and craving as a function of perceived smoking opportunity in young adults smoking 1–5 cigarettes per day: An ecological momentary assessment study', Drug and alcohol dependence, vol. 243, 109717.
Woods, WC, Edershile, EA, Ringwald, WR, Sharpe, BM, Himmelstein, PH, Newman, MG, Wilson, SJ, Ellison, WD, Levy, KN, Pincus, AL, Creswell, JD & Wright, AGC 2023, 'Psychometric Evaluation of a Visual Interpersonal Analog Scale', Psychological Assessment, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 311-324.
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.


Ekhtiari, H, Zare-Bidoky, M, Sangchooli, A, Janes, AC, Kaufman, MJ, Oliver, JA, Prisciandaro, JJ, Wüstenberg, T, Anton, RF, Bach, P, Baldacchino, A, Beck, A, Bjork, JM, Brewer, J, Childress, AR, Claus, ED, Courtney, KE, Ebrahimi, M, Filbey, FM, Ghahremani, DG, Azbari, PG, Goldstein, RZ, Goudriaan, AE, Grodin, EN, Hamilton, JP, Hanlon, CA, Hassani-Abharian, P, Heinz, A, Joseph, JE, Kiefer, F, Zonoozi, AK, Kober, H, Kuplicki, R, Li, Q, London, ED, McClernon, J, Noori, HR, Owens, MM, Paulus, MP, Perini, I, Potenza, M, Potvin, S, Ray, L, Schacht, JP, Seo, D, Sinha, R, Smolka, MN, Spanagel, R, Steele, VR, Stein, EA, Steins-Loeber, S, Tapert, SF, Verdejo-Garcia, A, Vollstädt-Klein, S, Wetherill, RR, Wilson, SJ, Witkiewitz, K, Yuan, K, Zhang, X & Zilverstand, A 2022, 'A methodological checklist for fMRI drug cue reactivity studies: development and expert consensus', Nature Protocols, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 567-595.
Wilson, SJ 2022, 'Constructing Craving: Applying the Theory of Constructed Emotion to Urge States', Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 347-354.
Yingst, JM, Lester, C, Livelsberger, C, Allen, SI, Hammett, E, Veldheer, S, Hummer, B, Bordner, C, Zhu, J, Sciamanna, CN, Trushin, N, Tan, HS, Wilson, SJ, Twining, RC, Foulds, J & Grigson, PS 2022, 'Pilot randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of random nicotine delivery on cigarettes per day and smoke exposure', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 188, pp. 30-37.
Wilson, S 2022, 'The persecuted - psychiatry in pictures', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 221, no. 6, pp. 713.


Wilson, S 2021, 'Chained and unchained - Psychiatry in history', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 218, no. 1, pp. 10-19.
Baker, AN, Wilson, SJ & Hayes, JE 2021, 'Flavor and product messaging are the two most important drivers of electronic cigarette selection in a choice-based task', Scientific reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 4689.
Weigard, A, Wilson, SJ, Shapiro, Z, Galloway-Long, H & Huang-Pollock, C 2021, 'Neural correlates of working memory’s suppression of aversive olfactory distraction effects', Brain Imaging and Behavior.
Wilson, S 2021, 'Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 218, no. 4, pp. 209.
Beltz, AM, Demidenko, MI, Wilson, SJ & Berenbaum, SA 2023, 'Prenatal androgen influences on the brain: A review, critique, and illustration of research on congenital adrenal hyperplasia', Journal of Neuroscience Research, vol. 101, no. 5, pp. 563-574.
Lydon-Staley, DM, MacLean, RR, Falk, EB, Bassett, DS & Wilson, SJ 2021, 'The feasibility of an in-scanner smoking lapse paradigm to examine the neural correlates of lapses', Addiction Biology, vol. 26, no. 4, e13001.
Wilson, S 2021, 'The lady of the house - Psychiatry in literature', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 219, no. 3, pp. 514.
Ashe, ML & Wilson, SJ 2021, 'Very Light Daily Smoking in Young Adults: Relationships between Nicotine Dependence and Lapse', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 327-333.


Ashe, ML & Wilson, SJ 2020, 'A brief review of choice bundling: A strategy to reduce delay discounting and bolster self-control', Addictive Behaviors Reports, vol. 11, 100262.
Wilson, S 2020, 'An extraordinary sleepy person - Psychiatry in history', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 217, no. 6, pp. 725.
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.
Wilson, S 2020, 'The Amsterdam Suggestive Psychotherapy Clinic - psychiatry in history', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 216, no. 3, pp. 131.