Adam Anderson

162 Human Ecology Building


At some point in time I have found myself at Vassar, Harvard, City College NY, Yale, Stanford, and the University of Toronto. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, I am happy to be back in my home state of NY and hoping to live up to Cornell's land grant mission.  

I am interested in the role of the emotions in all human faculties. Considering both psychological, physiological and neural levels of analysis, a guiding principle in my work is understanding the function of emotions as distinct tools intended to help rather than hurt us.  

Todd, R., Miskovic, V., Chikazoe, J. & Anderson A.K (2020) Emotional Objectivity: Neuroscience of emotion and its interactions with cognition. Annual Review of Psychology, 71.

Hu, K., DeRosa, E.  & Anderson, A.K.(2018). Differential temporal salience of earning and saving. Nature Communications, 9(1),2843.

Chikazoe, J., Lee, D., Kriegekorte, N, Anderson A.K. (2014). Population level coding of affect across stimuli, modalities and individuals. Nature Neuroscience, 17:1114-22.

Chapman, H.A., Kim, D.A., Susskind, J.M. & Anderson, A.K. (2009). In Bad Taste: Evidence for the Oral Origins of Moral Disgust. Science, 27:1222-1226.

Susskind, J., Lee, D., Cusi, A., Feinman, R. & Grabski, W. Anderson, A.K. (2008). Expressing fear enhances sensory acquisition. Nature Neuroscience, 11(7): 843-50.

Rowe G, *Hirsh JB, Anderson AK. (2007). Positive affect increases the breadth of attentional selection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(1):383-8.

Anderson A.K., Christoff K., Stappen I., *Panitz D., Ghahremani D.G., Glover G., Gabrieli J.D., Sobel N. (2003). Dissociated neural representations of intensity and valence in human olfaction. Nature Neuroscience, 6(2):196-202

Anderson, A.K., & Phelps, E.A. (2001). Lesions of the human amygdala impair enhanced perception of emotionally salient events. Nature, 411, 305-309


With the assistance of Engaged Cornell, we have designed and implemented in inner city Syracuse NY a neuroscience early education program "Get to Know Your Brian Days".  This program involves engaging Cornell undergraduates in community based research and mentorship of high school students to engage K-5th grade students in learning about theselves through understanding how their brains create thoughts, emotions and behavior.

I teach courses on the psychology and neurscience of emotion and how to use scientific evidence to change how we view our own emotions.  A new direction has been to involve students into research on their own physiology as a unique new perspective on the emotions and the self.

HD2200 Cognitive Neuroscience

HD3660 Social and Affective Neuroscience

HD4720 Emotion, Cognition and Brain

HD6720 Adanced Topics in Emotion Research



B.A. in cognitive science at Vassar College, PhD in cognitive psychology at Yale University, and post-doctoral training in cognitive and affective neuroscience at Stanford University.

HD Executive Committee

HD Faculty Search Committee

Chair, Mentorship Committee

Graduate Admissions Committee

Undergraduate Education Committee

Chair, Departmental Space Allocation Committee

Member, MRI User Advisory Committee

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