COLLABORATORS

LAB ALUMNI

FORMER RESEARCH ASSISTANTS


Liz
Phelps
Joseph
Dunsmoor
Oriel
Feldman
Hall

Claire
Gillan

Marijn
Kroes

Peter
Sokol-
Hessner

Elizabeth
Goldfarb

Karolina
Lempert

Jennifer
Lenow

Candace
M. Raio

Jackie "of
all trades"
Reitzes

Michael
Meager

Jessica
Dalrymple

Sandra
Lackovic

Catherine
Stevenson

Gus
Baker

Eli
Johnson

Temidayo
Orederu

Chrissy
Sandman



Doctoral Student
New York University
Department of Psychology
Cognition & Perception Program

Harvard University
BA in Neurobiology, 2009

Email: kml523@nyu.edu

Research:
My primary research interest is in decision making: how do we evaluate options and then make choices? What are the individual difference variables that cause decisions among humans to vary so widely? I am particularly interested in how we use emotion to decide about rewards. After all, emotional responses are key to helping us pinpoint what is salient, appetitive and aversive in our environment. In our current paradigm, individuals make choices between smaller, sooner rewards and larger, later rewards. This decision process is similar to one that we experience very often in everyday life, such as when we make decisions about investments, diets and relationships. What role does emotion play in these important decisions, and can we use this information to help people adjust their behavior?

Publications:
Phelps, E.A., Lempert, K.M., & Sokol-Hessner, P. (2014). Emotion and Decision Making: Multiple Modulatory Neural Circuits. Annual Review of Neuroscience, [e-pub ahead of print].

Lempert, K.M., Porcelli, A.J., Delgado, M.R., Tricomi, E. (2012). Individual differences in delay discounting under acute stress: the role of trait perceived stress. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:251.

Lempert, K.M. & Pizzagalli, D.A. (2010). Delay discounting and future-directed thinking in anhedonic individuals. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 41:258-264.

Poster Presentations:
Lempert, K.M., Johnson, E., Phelps, E.A. (2014, May). Emotional response to future monetary rewards predicts choice.
Poster presented at the 26th Association for Psychological Science Convention. San Francisco, CA.

Lempert, K.M., Glimcher, P.W., Phelps, E.A. (2013, September). Reference-dependence in intertemporal choice.
Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroeconomics, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Lempert, K.M. & Phelps, E.A. (2012, October). Pupil dilation predicts choices in a temporal discounting task.
Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

Lempert, K.M. & Tricomi, E. (2011, November). Intermixing trials with feedback and no feedback alters the striatal signal to negative feedback.
Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Lempert, K.M. & Tricomi, E. (2010, November). Neural coding of the value and probability of negative feedback in a learning task utilizing food rewards.
Poster presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Dutra, S.J., Goetz, E., Brooks, N., Lempert, K.M., Pizzagalli, D.A. (2010, May). Reward learning in a remitted depressed sample: effects of assessment technique and gender.
Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Lempert, K.M. & Pizzagalli, D.A. (2009, September). Delay discounting and future-directed thinking in anhedonic individuals.
Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Minneapolis, MN.

Dutra, S., Brooks, N., Lempert, K.M., Guardado, A., Goetz, E. & Pizzagalli, D.A. (2009, September). Trait negative affect predicts reward responsiveness in a remitted depressed sample.
Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Minneapolis, MN.