key publications

Moral transgressions corrupt neural representations of value
Crockett M.J., Siegel J.Z, Kurth-Nelson Z., Dayan P., & Dolan R.J. (2017)
Nature Neuroscience, published online 01 May 2017.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Moral outrage in the digital age
Crockett M.J. (2017)
Nature Human Behaviour, published online 18 September 2017.  Link»  View PDF»

Beliefs about bad people are volatile
Siegel J.Z., Mathys C., Rutledge R.B., & Crockett M.J. (2018)
Nature Human Behaviour, published online 17 September 2018.  Link»  View PDF» View commentary»

Inference of trustworthiness from intuitive moral judgments
Everett J.A.C., Pizarro D.A., & Crockett M.J. (2016). 
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, published online 7 April 2016. PubMed link»  View PDF» 

Harm to others outweighs harm to self in moral decision making
Crockett M. J., Kurth-Nelson Z., Siegel J. Z., Dayan P., & Dolan R. J. (2014). 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(48), 17320-17325.  PubMed link»  View PDF» 

Models of morality
Crockett M. J. (2013).
Trends in cognitive sciences, 17(8), 363-366.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

 

2018 & in press

Actions speak louder than outcomes in judgments of prosocial behavior
Yudkin, D.A., Prosser, A.M.B., & Crockett, M.J. (in press)
Emotion

The lateral prefrontal cortex and moral goal pursuit
Carlson R.W., & Crockett M.J. (2018).
Current Opinion in Psychology, published online 1 October 2018.  Link» View PDF»

Extraordinary Altruism and Transcending the Self
Crockett M.J., & Lockwood P.L. (2018).
Trends in Cognitive Sciences, published online 28 September 2018.  Link» View PDF»

Beliefs about bad people are volatile
Siegel J.Z., Mathys C., Rutledge R.B., & Crockett M.J. (2018)
Nature Human Behaviour, published online 17 September 2018.  Link»  View PDF» View commentary» 

Modeling Morality in 3-D: Decision-Making, Judgment and Inference
Yu, H., Siegel, J.Z., & Crockett, M.J. (2018)
Topics in Cognitive Science, Special Issue on Computational Approaches to Social Cognition, published online 14 September 2018. Link»  View PDF»

The costs of being consequentialist: social inference from instrumental harm and impartial beneficence
Everett, J.A.C., Faber, N., Savulescu, J., & Crockett, M.J. (2018)
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Link» View PDF»

Uncertainty about the impact of social decisions increases prosocial behavior
Kappes, A.,*, Nussberger, A.*, Faber, N.S., Kahane, G., Savulescu, J., & Crockett, M.J. (2018)
Nature Human Behaviour, published online 9 July 2018. Link» View PDF»
*equal contribution

Sex differences in the effects of acute stress on behavior in the ultimatum game
Youssef, F.F., Bachew, R., Bissessar, S., Crockett, M.J., & Faber, N.S. 
Psychoneuroendocrinology , published online 15 June 2018. PubMedLink» View PDF»

Concern for Others Leads to Vicarious Optimism
Kappes, A., Faber, N.S., Kahane, G., Savulescu, J., & Crockett, M.J. (2018). 
Psychological Science, published online 30 January 2018.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Beyond Sacrificial Harm: A Two-Dimensional Model of Utilitarian Psychology
Kahane, G.*, Everett, J. A. C.*, Earp, B. D., Caviola, L., Faber, N. S., Crockett, M. J., & Savulescu, J. (2018).
Psychological Review, 125(2), 131.  PubMed link»  View PDF»
*equal contribution
**Winner of the 2019 SPSP Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize

 

2017

Individual differences in empathy are associated with apathy-motivation
Lockwood, P.L.,  Ang, YS., Husain, M. & Crockett, M.J. (2017)
Scientific Reports, published online 11 December 2017.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

The role of social status and testosterone in human conspicuous consumption
Wu Y., Eisenegger C., Sivanathan N., Crockett M.J., Clark L. (2017)
Scientific Reports, published online 18 September 2017.  PubMed link»   View PDF»

Moral outrage in the digital age
Crockett M.J. (2017)
Nature Human Behaviour, published online 18 September 2017.  Link»  View PDF»

Inferences about moral character moderate the impact of consequences on blame and praise.
Siegel J.Z*, Crockett M.J.*, & Dolan R.J. (2017)
Cognition, published online 18 May 2017. PubMed link» View PDF»
*equal contribution

Moral transgressions corrupt neural representations of value
Crockett M.J., Siegel J.Z, Kurth-Nelson Z., Dayan P., & Dolan R.J. (2017)
Nature Neuroscience, published online 01 May 2017.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Compassion is not always a motivated choice: a multiple decision systems perspective
Montgomery M.A., Kappes A., & Crockett M.J. (2017).
In: Moral Psychology, Volume 5, Eds: Sinnott-Armstrong W., & Miller C.B. MIT Press

Binding oneself to the mast: stimulating frontopolar cortex enhances precommitment
Soutschek A., Ugazio G., Crockett M.J., Ruff C.C., Kalenscher T., Tobler P.N. (2017). 
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, published online 7 Feb 2017.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Serotonin enhances the impact of health information on food choice
Vlaev I., Crockett M.J., Clark L., Muller U., & Robbins T.W. (2017). 
Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, published online 23 Jan 2017.  PubMed link»  View PDF» 

 

2016

From Risk to Fairness
Kappes, A., Kahane, G., & Crockett, M.J. (2016). 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online 29 June 2016. PubMed link»  View PDF» 

Neurochemical Modulation of Moral Judgment and Behavior
Crockett, M.J. (2016).
In: Moral Brains: The Neuroscience of Morality, ed: S. Matthew Liao. Oxford University Press. 

The benefits and costs of a rose-colored hindsight
Kappes, A., & Crockett, M.J. (2016). 
Trends in Cognitive Sciences, published online 29 June 2016. PubMed link»  View PDF» 

Inference of trustworthiness from intuitive moral judgments
Everett, J.A.C., Pizarro, D.A., & Crockett, M.J. (2016). 
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, published online 7 April 2016. PubMed link»  View PDF» 

How formal models can illuminate mechanisms of moral judgment and decision-making 
Crockett, M.J. (2016). 
Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25(2), 85-90. PubMed link»  View PDF» 

Computational approaches to moral cognition
Crockett, M.J. (2016). 
In: The Social Psychology of Morality, eds: Forgas J.P., Jussim L., & Van Lange, P.A.M. Psychology Press.

 

2015

The influence of social preferences and reputational concerns on intergroup prosocial behavior in gains and losses contexts
Everett, J.A.C., Faber, N.S., & Crockett, M.J. (2015). 
Royal Society Open Science, 2(12), 15046. PubMed link»  View PDF» 

Social redistribution of pain and money
Story, G. W., Vlaev, I., Metcalfe, R. D., Crockett, M. J., Kurth-Nelson, Z., Darzi, A., & Dolan, R. J. (2015). 
Scientific Reports, 5.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Serotonin and aversive processing in affective and social decision-making
Crockett, M. J. & Cools, R. (2015). 
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 5, 64-70.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Dissociable effects of serotonin and dopamine on the valuation of harm in moral decision-making
Crockett, M. J., Siegel, J. Z., Kurth-Nelson, Z., Ousdal, O.T., Story, G., Freiband, C., Grosse-Rueschkamp, J.M., Dayan, P., & Dolan, R. J. (2015). 
Current Biology, published online 2 July 2015.  PubMed link»  View PDF»  View commentary» 

Editorial overview: Social behavior
Crockett, M.J. & Cuddy, A. (2015)
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 3:v-vii.  View PDF»

Economic Games and Social Neuroscience Methods Can Help Elucidate The Psychology of Parochial Altruism
Everett, J.A.C., Faber, N.S., Crockett, M.J., & De Dreu, C.K. (2015).
Frontiers in Psychology, 6.  PubMed link» View PDF»

Goal-directed, habitual and Pavlovian prosocial behavior
Gesiarz, F. & Crockett, M.J. (2015).
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9:135.  PubMed link» View PDF»

Preferences and beliefs in ingroup favoritism
Everett, J.A.C., Faber, N.S., & Crockett, M.J. (2015).
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9:15.  PubMed link» View PDF»

Neuromodulation and the (in)stability of moral cognition
Crockett, M.J. & Rini, R.A. (2015).
In: The Moral Brain: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, Eds: Decety, J. & Wheatley, T. MIT Press. 

Effects of serotonin depletion on punishment processing in the orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate cortices of healthy women
Helmbold, K., Zvyagintsev, M., Dahmen, B., Bubenzer-Busch, S., Gaber, T.J., Crockett, M.J., Klasen, M., Sanchez, C.L., Eisert, A., Konrad, K., Habel, U., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., & Zepf, F.D. (2015).
European Neuropsychopharmacology, published online 28 February 2015. PubMed link» View PDF»

 

2014

Harm to others outweighs harm to self in moral decision making
Crockett, M. J., Kurth-Nelson, Z., Siegel, J. Z., Dayan, P., & Dolan, R. J. (2014).
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(48), 17320-17325.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

The value of vengeance and the demand for deterrence
Crockett, M. J., Özdemir, Y., & Fehr, E. (2014).
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(6), 2279-2286.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Pharmaceutical effects on moral behavior: a neuroscientific perspective
Crockett, M.J. (2014).
Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 21(2), 131-134.  PubMed link» View PDF»

Differential effects of MDMA and methylphenidate on social cognition
Schmid, Y., Hysek, C. M., Simmler, L. D., Crockett, M. J., Quednow, B. B., & Liechti, M. E. (2014).
Journal of Psychopharmacology, 28(9), 847-856.  PubMed link» View PDF»

Moral bioenhancement: a neuroscientific perspective
Crockett, M. J. (2014).
Journal of medical ethics, 40(6), 370-371.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

The cost of social punishment and high-lethality suicide attempts in the second half of life
Szanto, K., Clark, L., Hallquist, M., Vanyukov, P., Crockett, M., & Dombrovski, A. Y. (2014).
Psychology and aging, 29(1), 84.  PubMed link» View PDF»

Social brains on drugs: tools for neuromodulation in social neuroscience
Crockett, M. J., & Fehr, E. (2014).
Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 9(2), 250-254.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

 

2013

How serotonin shapes moral judgment and behavior
Siegel, J. Z., & Crockett, M. J. (2013).
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1299(1), 42-51. PubMed link»  View PDF»

Pharmacology of Economic and Social Decision-Making
Crockett, M.J. & Fehr, E. (2013).  
In: Neuroeconomics: Decision-Making and the Brain, Eds: Glimcher, P. & Fehr, E. Academic Press.

Models of morality
Crockett, M. J. (2013).
Trends in cognitive sciences, 17(8), 363-366.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Restricting Temptations: Neural Mechanisms of Precommitment
Crockett, M. J., Braams, B. R., Clark, L., Tobler, P. N., Robbins, T. W., & Kalenscher, T. (2013).
Neuron, 79(2), 391-401.  PubMed link»  View PDF»  View commentary»

Serotonin modulates striatal responses to fairness and retaliation in humans
Crockett, M. J., Apergis-Schoute, A., Herrmann, B., Lieberman, M. D., Müller, U., Robbins, T. W., & Clark, L. (2013).
The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(8), 3505-3513.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

 

2012

Serotonin modulates the effects of Pavlovian aversive predictions on response vigor
Crockett, M. J., Clark, L., Apergis-Schoute, A. M., Morein-Zamir, S., & Robbins, T. W. (2012). 
Neuropsychopharmacology, 37(10), 2244-2252.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on prefrontal-amygdala connectivity while viewing facial signals of aggression
Passamonti, L.*, Crockett, M. J.*, Apergis-Schoute, A. M., Clark, L., Rowe, J. B., Calder, A. J., & Robbins, T. W. (2012).
Biological psychiatry, 71(1), 36-43.  PubMed link»  View PDF»
*equal contribution

The effects of acute tryptophan depletion on costly information sampling: impulsivity or aversive processing? 
Crockett, M. J., Clark, L., Smillie, L. D., & Robbins, T. W. (2012).
Psychopharmacology, 219(2), 587-597.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Punishment promotes response control deficits in OCD: Evidence from a motivational go/no-go task
Morein-Zamir, S., Papmeyer, M., Gillan, C.M., Crockett, M.J., Fineberg, N.A., Sahakian, B.J., & Robbins, T.W. (2012).
Psychological Medicine, 43(2), 391-400.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

 

2011

Converging evidence for central 5-HT effects in acute tryptophan depletion
Crockett, M.J., Clark, L., Roiser, J.P., Robinson, O.J., Cools, R., Chase, H.W., den Ouden, H., Apergis-Schoute, A.M., Campbell-Meikeljohn, D., Seymour, B., Sahakian, B.J., Rogers, R.D., & Robbins, T.W.  (2011).
Molecular Psychiatry, 17(2), 121-3.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Subjective responses to emotional stimuli during labeling, reappraisal, and distraction
Lieberman, M. D., Inagaki, T. K., Tabibnia, G., & Crockett, M. J. (2011).
Emotion, 11(3), 468.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

5-HT modulation by acute tryptophan depletion of human instrumental contingency judgements
Chase, H. W., Crockett, M. J., Msetfi, R. M., Murphy, R. A., Clark, L., Sahakian, B. J., & Robbins, T. W. (2011). Psychopharmacology, 213(2-3), 615-623.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

 

2010

Role of Central Serotonin in Impulsivity and Compulsivity: Comparative Studies in Experimental Animals and Humans
Robbins, T. W., & Crockett, M. J. (2010).
Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience, 21, 415-427. Link» View PDF»

Serotonin selectively influences moral judgment and behavior through effects on harm aversion
Crockett, M. J., Clark, L., Hauser, M. D., & Robbins, T. W. (2010).
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(40), 17433-17438.  PubMed link»  View PDF»  View commentary»

Reply to Harris and Chan: Moral judgment is more than rational deliberation
Crockett, M. J., Clark, L., Hauser, M. D., & Robbins, T. W. (2010).  
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(50), E184-E184.  Link»  View PDF»

Impulsive choice and altruistic punishment are correlated and increase in tandem with serotonin depletion
Crockett, M. J., Clark, L., Lieberman, M. D., Tabibnia, G., & Robbins, T. W. (2010).  
Emotion, 10(6), 855.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Mood state moderates the role of serotonin in cognitive biases
Robinson, O. J., Cools, R., Crockett, M. J., & Sahakian, B. J. (2010).
Journal of Psychopharmacology, 24(4), 573-583.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

 

2009 and earlier

Reconciling the role of serotonin in behavioral inhibition and aversion: acute tryptophan depletion abolishes punishment-induced inhibition in humans
Crockett, M. J., Clark, L., & Robbins, T. W. (2009).
The Journal of neuroscience, 29(38), 11993-11999.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

The neurochemistry of fairness
Crockett, M. J. (2009).
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1167(1), 76-86.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Serotonin modulates behavioral reactions to unfairness
Crockett, M. J., Clark, L., Tabibnia, G., Lieberman, M. D., & Robbins, T. W. (2008).
Science, 320(5884), 1739-1739.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

Putting feelings into words affect labeling disrupts amygdala activity in response to affective stimuli
Lieberman, M. D., Eisenberger, N. I., Crockett, M. J., Tom, S. M., Pfeifer, J. H., & Way, B. M. (2007).
Psychological Science, 18(5), 421-428.  PubMed link»  View PDF»

 

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