Associate Professor
Human Development

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, from shaping the very first stages of perception to rendering judgments on what is moral. Considering both psychological 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.  In recognition of this work, I have received the APA Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award.

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


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.

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