Lab Director: Diana Tamir, PhD

In Press

Thornton, M. A., Weaverdyck, M. E., & Tamir, D. (in press). The brain represents people as the mental states they habitually experience. Nature Communications.

Lerner, A.J., Wassermann, E.M., Tamir, D.I. (in press). Seizures from Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation 2012-2016: Results of a survey of active laboratories and clinics. Clinical Neurophysiology.

Meyer, M., Zhao, Z., Tamir, D.I. (in press). Simulating other people changes the self. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.


Thornton, M. A., Weaverdyck, M. E., Mildner, J., & Tamir, D.I. (2019). People represent their own mental states more distinctly than those of others. Nature Communications, 10(2117).

Jolly, E.P.*, Tamir, D.I.*, Burum, B., Mitchell, J.P. (2019). Wanting without enjoying: The social value of sharing experiences. PLoS ONE 14(4): e0215318.

Meyer, M., Waytz, A.G. *, Hershfield, H.E. *, Mildner, J., Tamir, D.I. (2019). Creative expertise is associated with transcending the here and now. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Thornton, M.A., Weaverdyck, M., Tamir, D.I. (2019). The social brain automatically predicts others’ future mental states. Journal of Neuroscience, 39(1), 140-148. 


Tamir, D.I., Hughes, B.L. (2018). Social Rewards: From basic social building blocks to complex social behavior. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13(6), 700-717.

Dodell-Feder, D., Tamir, D.I. (2018). Fiction reading has a small positive impact on social cognition: A meta-analysis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(11), 1713-1727.

Tamir, D.I.*, Thornton, M.A.* (2018). Modeling the predictive social mind. Trends in Cognitive Science, 22(3), 201-212.

Tamir, D.I.*, Templeton, E.M.*, Ward, A.F., Zaki, J. (2018). Media usage diminishes memory for experiences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, 161-168.


Thornton, M.A., Tamir, D.I. (2017). Mental models accurately predict emotion transitions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(23), 5982-5987.

Won, A.S., Shriram, K., Tamir, D.I. (2017). Social distance increases perceived physical distance. Social Psychological and Personality Science.


Todd, A., Simpson, A., Tamir, D.I. (2016). Active perspective taking induces flexible use of self-knowledge during social inferences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145(12), 1583-1588.

Tamir, D.I.*, Thornton, M.A.*, Contreras, J.M., Mitchell, J.P. (2016). Neural evidence that three dimensions organize mental state representation: rationality, social impact, and valence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(1), 194-199.

Tamir, D.I., Bricker, A.B., Dodell-Feder, D., Mitchell, J.P. (2016). Reading fiction and reading minds: The role of the default network. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 11(2), 215-224.


Meshi, D.*, Tamir, D.I.*, Heekeren, H.R. (2015). The emerging neuroscience of social media. Trends in Cognitive Science, 19(12), 771-782.

Tamir, D.I., Zaki, J., Mitchell, J.P. (2015). Informing others is associated with behavioral and neural signatures of value. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(6), 1114-1123.

Waytz, A.G., Hershfield, H.E.*, Tamir, D.I.* (2015). Mental simulation and meaning in life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108(2), 336-335.

Tamir, D.I., Ward, A.F. (2015). Old Desires, New Media. In W. Hofmann & L. Nordgren (Eds.), The Psychology of Desire. New York: Guilford Press.

2014 - 2008

Tamir, D.I., Mitchell, J.P. (2013). Anchoring and adjustment during social inferences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(1), 151-162.

Tamir, D.I., Mitchell, J.P. (2012). Disclosing information about the self is intrinsically rewarding. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,109(21), 8038-8043.

Tamir, D.I., Mitchell, J.P. (2011). The default network distinguishes construals of proximal versus distal events. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(10), 2945-2955.

Tamir, D.I., Mitchell, J.P. (2010). The neural correlates of anchoring-and-adjustment during mentalizing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(24), 10827-10832.

Engelmann, J.B., Tamir, D. (2009). Individual differences in risk preference predict neural responses during financial decision-making. Brain Research, 1290: 28-51.

Yoon, J.H., Tamir, D., Minzenberg, M.J., Ragland, J.D., Ursu, S., Carter, C.S. (2008). Multivariate pattern analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging data reveals deficits in distributed representations in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 64, 1035–1041.

* = equal contributions