Valerie F. Reyna

Lois and Melvin Tukman Professor; Director, Human Neuroscience Institute; Codirector, Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research
Human Development, College of Human Ecology

Contact Information

G331D Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-7735

Valerie F. Reyna

Lois and Melvin Tukman Professor; Director, Human Neuroscience Institute; Codirector, Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research
Human Development, College of Human Ecology

Expertise

Integrating brain and behavioral approaches to understand and improve judgment, decision making, and memory across the lifespan; development and application of fuzzy-trace theory; medical decision making and health psychology

Current Research Interest

The neuroscience of risky decision making and its implications for health and wellbeing, especially in adolescents; application of cognitive models and artificial intelligence for improving the understanding of genetics; medical and legal decision-making; behavioral economics; and aging and neurocognitive impairment

Distinction

National Academy of Medicine 
Society of Experimental Psychologists Fellow
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
American Psychological Association, Divisions of Experimental Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Health Psychology Fellow
Association for Psychological Science Fellow
Former President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making

Selected Publications

Reyna, Valerie F. “Neurobiological Models of Risky Decision-Making and Adolescent Substance Use.” Current Addiction Reports 5, no. 2, (2018): 128-133.

Reyna, Valerie F., Rebecca K. Helm, Rebecca B. Weldon, Pooja D. Shah, Alexa G. Turpin, and Shravya Govindgari. “Brain Activation Covaries with Reported Criminal Behaviors when Making Risky Choices: A Fuzzy-Trace Theory Approach.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 147, no. 7 (2018): 1094-1109.

Cornell Research Website Article

How We Make Decisions and Take Risks