Leong, Y.C., Hughes, B.L., Wang, Y., Zaki, J. (2018). Neurocomputational mechanisms underlying motivated seeing. bioRxiv, 364836.


Hughes, B.L., Leong, J.K., Shiv, B., Zaki, J. (2018). Wanting to like: Motivation influences behavioral and neural responses to social feedback. bioRxiv, 300657.


Rubien-Thomas, E., Cohen, A.O., Li, A., Nardos, B., Cervera, A., Lowrey, A.A., Dellarco, D.V., Daumeyer, N.M., Camp, N.P., Hughes B.L., Eberhardt, J.L., Fair, D.A., Taylor-Thompson, K.A., Richeson, J.A., and Casey, BJ. (under review). The effects of race on impulsive reactions under conditions of perceived threat. 


Dorfman, H.M., Bhui, R., Hughes, B.L., Gershman, S.J. (in press). Causal inference about good and bad outcomes. Psychological Science.


Tamir, D.I.* & Hughes, B.L.* (in press). Social rewards: From basic social building blocks to complex social behaviors. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

*denotes equal contributions


Michalska, K.J.*, Gardiner, G., & Hughes, B.L.* (in press). What neuroscience can tell us about social situations: Challenges and opportunities. Oxford Handbook of Psychological Situations.

*denotes equal contributions


Phillips, L.T., Slepian, M.L., & Hughes, B.L. (in press). Perceiving groups: Rapid and accurate extraction of dominance and hierarchy information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


Hughes, B.L., Zaki, J., Ambady, N. (2017). Motivation alters impression formation and related neural systems. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 12(1), 49-60.

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Hughes, B.L., Ambady, N., Zaki, J. (2016). Trusting outgroup, but not ingroup members, requires control: Neural and behavioral evidence. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 12(3), 372-381.

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Sawaoka, T., Hughes, B.L., Ambady, N. (2015). Power heightens sensitivity to unfairness against the self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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Hughes, B.L., & Zaki, J. (2015). The neuroscience of motivated cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

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Beer, J.S., Chester, D.S., Hughes, B.L. (2013). Worse-than-average, but not if you say so or I'm busy: The effects of self-esteem threat and cognitive load on social comparisons. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 706-711.


Hughes, B.L., & Beer, J.S. (2013). Protecting the self: The effect of social-evaluative threat on neural representations of self. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 613-622.

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Buhle, J., Kober, H., Ochsner, K., Mende-Siedlecki, P., Weber, J., Hughes, B., Kross, E., Atlas, L., McRae, K., Wager, T. (2013). Common representation of pain and negative emotion in the midbrain periaqueductal gray. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience.

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Hughes, B.L., & Beer, J.S. (2012). Medial orbitofrontal cortex is associated with shifting decision thresholds in self-serving cognition. NeuroImage, 61, 889-898.

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Hughes, B.L., & Beer, J.S. (2012). Orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex are modulated by motivated social cognition. Cerebral Cortex, 22, 1372-1381.

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Beer, J.S., & Hughes, B.L. (2011) Self-enhancement: A social neuroscience perspective. The handbook of self-enhancement and self-protection. M. Alicke & C. Sedikides (Eds). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

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Beer, J.S., Bhanji, J.P., Hughes, B.L., Freedman, G., Fetterolf, J. (2010). The neural architecture of trustworthiness judgments: Judging a book by its cover and content. Frontiers in Neuroscience.

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Beer, J.S., & Hughes, B.L. (2010). Neural systems of social comparison and the "Above-Average" Effect. NeuroImage, 49, 2671-2679.

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McRae, K., Hughes, B., Chopra, S., Gabrieli, J.D.E., Gross, J.J., & Ochsner, K.N. (2010). The neural bases of distraction and reappraisal. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 248-262.

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Ochsner, K.N., Ray, R.R., Hughes, B.L., McRae, K., Cooper, J.C., Weber, J., Gabrieli, J.D.E., & Gross, J.J. (2009). Bottom-up and Top-down processes in emotion generation: Common and distinct neural mechanisms. Psychological Science, 20(11): 1322-1331.

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Wager, T.D., Van Ast, L., Hughes, B.L., Davidson, M.L. Lindquist, M.A., Ochsner, K.N. (2009). Brain mediators of cardiovascular responses to social threat: Prefrontal-subcortical pathways and relationship with anxiety. NeuroImage, 47(3): 836-851.

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Ochsner, K.N., Hughes, B.L., Robertson, E., Cooper, J.C. & Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2009). Neural systems supporting the control of affective and cognitive conflicts. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12(9): 1841-1854.

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Wager, T.D., Davidson, M.L., Hughes, B.L., Lindquist, M., Ochsner, K.N. (2008). Prefrontal-subcortical pathways mediating successful emotion regulation. Neuron, 59: 1-14.

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