Valerie F. Reyna

Lois and Melvin Tukman Professor; Director, Human Neuroscience Institute; Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility; 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; Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility; 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

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

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

Selected Publications
Reyna, Valerie F., and Evan A. Wilhelms, E. A. “The Gist of Delay of Gratification: Understanding and Predicting Problem Behaviors.” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 30, no. 2 (2017): 610-625.

Reyna, Valerie F., Jonathan C. Corbin, Rebecca B. Weldon, and Charles J. Brainerd. “How Fuzzy-Trace Theory Predicts True and False Memories for Words, Sentences, and Narratives.” Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 5, no. 1 (2016): 1-9.

Cornell Research Website Article
How We Make Decisions and Take Risks