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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


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.


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.
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.
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.
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.


Dawood, S, Hallquist, MN, Pincus, AL, Ram, N, Newman, MG, Wilson, SJ & Levy, KN 2020, 'Comparing Signal-Contingent and Event-Contingent Experience Sampling Ratings of Affect in a Sample of Psychotherapy Outpatients', Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 13-24.
Wilson, SJ & Sayette, MA 2019, Craving in substance use disorders with a focus on cigarette smoking. in Neuroscience of Nicotine: Mechanisms and Treatment. Elsevier, pp. 199-204.
Ellison, WD, Levy, KN, Newman, MG, Pincus, AL, Wilson, SJ & Molenaar, PCM 2019, 'Dynamics Among Borderline Personality and Anxiety Features in Psychotherapy Outpatients: An Exploration of Nomothetic and Idiographic Patterns', Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
Yingst, JM, Foulds, J, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Trushin, N, Eissenberg, TT, Williams, J, Richie, JP, Nichols, TT, Wilson, SJ & Hobkirk, AL 2019, 'Nicotine absorption during electronic cigarette use among regular users', PloS one, vol. 14, no. 7, e0220300.