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*Flannery, J., Callaghan, B., Sharpton, T., Fisher, P., & Pfeifer, J. (2019). Is adolescence the missing developmental link in Microbiome–Gut–Brain axis communication?. Developmental psychobiology.

*Cheng, T., Vijayakumar, N., Flournoy, J. C., de Macks, Z. O., Peake, S. J., *Flannery, J. E., … & Pfeifer, J. H. (2019). Feeling left out or just surprised? Neural correlates of social exclusion and expectancy violations in adolescence. bioRxiv, 524934.

Crone, E. A., & Pfeifer, J. H. (in press). What happens in emotional development? Adolescent emotionality. In A. Fox, R. Lapate, A. Shackman, & R. Davidson (Eds.), The Nature of Emotion, 2nd Ed.

Pfeifer, J. H. (in press). Social neuroscience. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu, & S. Linkenauger (Eds.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development.

Chavez, S.J. & Pfeifer, J.H. (in press) Neurodevelopmental substrates of self-representation in adolescence. In: Kadosh, K.C. (Ed) The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Oxford University Press.

Vijayakumar, N., Pfeifer, J.H., Flournoy, J.C., Hernandez, L. and Dapretto, M. (under review). Affective reactivity during adolescence: Associations with age, puberty and testosterone. Cortex.

Vijayakumar, N., Flournoy, J.C., Mills, K.L., Cheng, T.W., Mobasser, A., Flannery, J.E., Allen, N.B. and Pfeifer, J.H. (under review). Getting to know you: An fMRI study of self-disclosure to friends during adolescence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


de Macks, Z. A. O., *Flannery, J. E., Peake, S. J., *Flournoy, J. C., *Mobasser, A., *Alberti, S. L., … & Pfeifer, J. H. (2018). Novel insights from the Yellow Light Game: Safe and risky decisions differentially impact adolescent outcome-related brain function. NeuroImage181, 568-581.

Pfeifer, J. H., & Berkman, E. T. (2018). Self and identity development in adolescence: Neural evidence and implications for a value-based choice perspective on motivated behavior. Child Development Perspectives. doi: doi/10.1111/cdep.12279

Telzer, E. H., McCormick, E. M., Peters, S., *Cosme, D., Pfeifer, J. H., & van Duijvenvoorde, A. C. (2018). Methodological considerations for developmental longitudinal fMRI research. Developmental cognitive neuroscience33, 149-160.

Madhyastha, T., Peverill, M., Koh, N., McCabe, C., Flournoy, J., Mills, K., … & McLaughlin, K. A. (2018). Current methods and limitations for longitudinal fMRI analysis across development. Developmental cognitive neuroscience33, 118-128.

*Alarcon, G., Pfeifer, J. H., Fair, D. A., & Nagel, B. J. (2018). Adolescent Gender Differences in Cognitive Control Performance and Functional Connectivity Between Default Mode and Fronto-Parietal Networks Within a Self-Referential Context. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience12, 73.

*Cosme, D. C., Mobasser, A., Zeithamova, D., Berkman, E. T., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2018). Choosing to regulate: Does choice enhance craving regulation? Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13, 300-309. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsy010.



*Vijayakumar, N., *Cheng, T. W., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2017). Neural correlates of social exclusion across ages: a coordinate-based meta-analysis of functional MRI studies. Neuroimage, 153, 359-368 doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.02.050 NIHMS: 855486

Quevedo, K., Ng, R., Scott, H., Smyda, G., Pfeifer, J. H., & Malone, S. (2017). Neurobiology of self-processing in abused depressed adolescents. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 1057-1073. doi:10.1017/S0954579416001024

*Flannery, J. E., *Giuliani, N. R., *Flournoy, J. C., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2017). Neurodevelopmental changes across adolescence in viewing and labeling dynamic peer emotions. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 113-127. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.02.003 NIHMS: 855475

*Giuliani, N. R., *Flournoy, J. C., *Ivie, E., *Von Hippel, A., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2017). Presentation and validation of the DuckEES child and adolescent dynamic facial expressions stimulus set. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 26(1), e1553. doi: 10.1002/mpr.1553

Pfeifer, J. H., *Mahy, C., *Merchant, J. S., Chen, C., Masten, C. L., Fuligni, A. J., Lieberman, M. D., Lessard, J., Dong, Q., & Chen, C. (2017). Neural systems for reflected and direct self-appraisals in Chinese young adults: Exploring the role of the temporal-parietal junction. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology23(1), 45.


Quevedo, K., Martin, J., Scott, H., Smyda, G., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2016). The neurobiology of self-knowledge in depressed and self-injurious youth. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging254, 145-155. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2016.06.015

*Flournoy, J. C., Pfeifer, J. H., *Moore, W. E. III, *Tackman, A., Mazziotta, J. C., Iacoboni, M., & Dapretto, M. (2016). Neural Reactivity to Emotional Faces May Mediate the Relationship Between Childhood Empathy and Adolescent Prosocial Behavior. Child Development87(6), 1691-1702.

Tackman, A. M., Srivastava, S., Pfeifer, J. H., & Dapretto, M. (2016). Development of conscientiousness in childhood and adolescence: Typical trajectories and associations with academic, health, and relationship changes. Journal of Research in Personality. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2016.05.002

Pfeifer, J. H., & Allen, N. B. (2016). The audacity of specificity: Moving adolescent developmental neuroscience towards more powerful scientific paradigms and translatable models. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 131-137.

*Graham, A. M., Pfeifer, J. H., Fisher, P. A., Carpenter, S., & Fair, D. A. (2015). Early life stress is associated with default system integrity and emotionality during infancy. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry56(11), 1212-1222. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12409


*Graham, A. M., Pfeifer, J. H., Fisher, P. A., Carpenter, S., & Fair, D. A. (2015). Early life stress is associated with default system integrity and emotionality during infancy. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry56(11), 1212-1222. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12409

*Graham, A. M., Pfeifer, J. H., Fisher, P. A., Lin, W., Gao, W., & Fair, D. A. (2015). The potential of infant fMRI research and the study of early life stress as a promising exemplar. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 12, 12-39. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2014.09.005.

*Giuliani, N. R., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2015). Age-related changes in reappraisal of appetitive cravings during adolescence. Neuroimage, 108, 173-181. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.037 pdf

*Kahn, L. E., *Peake, S. J., Stormshak, B., Dishion, T., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2015). Learning to play it safe (or not): Stable and evolving neural responses in adolescent risky decision-making. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27, 13-25. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00694 pdf

*Jankowski, K. F., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2015). Puberty, peers, and perspective-taking: Examining adolescent self-concept development through the lens of social cognitive neuroscience. In A. Toga & M. D. Lieberman (Eds.), Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference, vol. 3, pp. 45-51. 45


Sherman, L. E., Rudie, J. D., Pfeifer, J. H., Masten, C. L., McNealy, K., & Dapretto, M. (2014). Development of the Default Mode and Central Executive Networks across early adolescence: A longitudinal study. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 10, 148-159. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2014.08.002 pdf

*Mahy, C. E. V., Moses, L. J., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2014). How and where: Theory-of-Mind in the brain. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 9, 68-81. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2014.01.002 pdf

*Jankowski, K. F., *Moore, W. E. III, *Merchant, J. S., *Kahn, L. E., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2014). But do you think I’m cool? Developmental differences in striatal recruitment during direct and reflected social self-evaluations. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 8, 40-54.  doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2014.01.003 pdf

*Moore, W. E. III, *Merchant, J. S., *Kahn, L. E., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2014). ‘Like me?’: Ventromedial prefrontal cortex is sensitive to both personal relevance and self-similarity during social comparisons. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 421-6. doi: 10.1093/scan/nst007 pdf


*Peake, S. J., Dishion, T., Stormshak, B., *Moore, W. E. III, & Pfeifer, J. H. (2013). Risk-taking and social exclusion in adolescence: Behavioral and neural evidence of peer influences on decision-making. Neuroimage, 82, 23-34. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.05.061 pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., *Kahn, L. E., *Merchant, J. S., *Peake, S. A., *Veroude, K., Masten, C. L., Lieberman, M. D., Mazziotta, J. C., & Dapretto, M. (2013). Longitudinal change in the neural bases of adolescent social self-evaluations: Effects of age and pubertal development. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 7415-7419. doi: 10.1523/​JNEUROSCI.4074-12.2013 pdf

Masten, C.L., Eisenberger, N.I., Pfeifer, J.H., & Dapretto, M. (2013). Neural responses to witnessing peer rejection after being socially excluded: fMRI as a window into adolescents’ emotional processing. Developmental Science, 16, 743-759. doi: 10.1111/desc.12056 pdf

*Graham, A. M., Fisher, P. A., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2013). What sleeping babies hear: An fMRI study of interparental conflict and infants’ emotion processing. Psychological Science, 24, 782-789. doi: 10.1177/0956797612458803 pdf

Masten, C.L., Eisenberger, N.I., Pfeifer, J.H., Colich, N. L., & Dapretto, M. (2013). Associations among pubertal development, empathic ability, and neural responses while witnessing peer rejection in adolescence. Child Development, 84, 1338-54. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12056 pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., *Merchant, J. S., Colich, N., Hernandez, L., Rudie, J., & Dapretto, M. (2013). Neural and behavioral responses during self-evaluative processes differ in youth with and without autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2, 272-285. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1563-3. PMID: 22760337. PMCID: PMC3507334. pdf


Poore, J. C., Pfeifer, J. H., Berkman, E., Inagaki, T., Welborne, L., & Lieberman, M. D. (2012). Prediction-error in the context of real social relationships modulates the reward system. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 218. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00218 pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., & Allen, N. (2012). Arrested development? Reconsidering dual-systems models of brain function in adolescence and disorders. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16, 322-329. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.04.011. PMID: 22613872. PMCID: PMC3711850. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., & *Peake, S. J. (2012). Self-development: Integrating cognitive, socioemotional, and neuroimaging perspectives. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2, 55-69. pdf

Muscatell, K. A., Morelli, S. A., Falk, E. B., Way, B. M., Pfeifer, J. H., Galinsky, A. D., Lieberman, M. D., Dapretto, M., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2012). Social status modulates neural activity in the mentalizing network. Neuroimage, 60, 1771-1777. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., & Blakemore, S.-J. (2012). Adolescent social cognitive and affective neuroscience: Past, present, and future. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 1-10. pdf

*Moore, W. E., Pfeifer, J. H., Masten, C. L., Iacoboni, M., Mazziotta, J. C., & Dapretto, M. (2012). Facing puberty: Associations between pubertal development and neural responses to affective facial displays. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 35-43. pdf


Fisher, P. A., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2011). Conceptual and methodological issues in neuroimaging studies of the effects of child maltreatment. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 165, 1133-1134. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., Masten, C. L., *Moore, W. E., *Oswald, T. M., Iacoboni, M., Mazziotta, J.C., & Dapretto, M. (2011). Entering adolescence: Resistance to peer influence, risky behavior, and neural changes in emotion reactivity. Neuron, 69, 1029-1036. pdf

Masten, C. L., Eisenberger, N. I., Borofsky, L. A., McNealy, K., Pfeifer, J. H., & Dapretto, M. (2011). Subgenual anterior cingulate responses to peer rejection: A marker of adolescents’ risk for depression. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 283-292. pdf


Masten, C. L., Eisenberger, N. I., Pfeifer, J. H., & Dapretto, M. (2010). Witnessing peer rejection during adolescence: Neural correlates of empathy for experiences of social exclusion. Social Neuroscience, 2, 1-12. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., Masten, C. L., Borofsky, L. A., Dapretto, M., Fuligni, A. J., & Lieberman, M. D. (2009). Neural correlates of direct and reflected self-appraisals in adolescents and adults: When social perspective taking informs self-perception. Child Development, 80, 1016-1038. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., Dapretto, M., & Lieberman, M. D. (2009). The neural foundations of evaluative self-knowledge in middle childhood, early adolescence, and adulthood. In P. D. Zelazo, M. Chandler, & E. Crone (Eds.) Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience (141-163). New York, NY: Psychology Press. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., & Dapretto, M. (2009).  A mirror in my mind:  Empathy and the mirror neuron system.  In J. Decety & W. Ickes (Eds.), The Social Neuroscience of Empathy (183-198). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Masten, C. L., Eisenberger, N., Borofsky, L. A., McNealy, K. S., Pfeifer, J. H., Mazziotta, J. C., & Dapretto, M. (2009). Neural correlates of social exclusion during adolescence: Understanding the distress of peer rejection, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 4, 143-157. pdf


Pfeifer, J. H., Iacoboni, M., Mazziotta, J. C. & Dapretto, M. (2008).  Mirroring others’ emotions relates to empathy and social abilities during childhood.  Neuroimage, 39, 2076-2085. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., Lieberman, M., & Dapretto, M. (2007).  “I know you are but what am I?!”:  Neural bases of self- and social knowledge retrieval in children and adults.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 1323-1337. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., Ruble, D. N., Fuligni, A. J., Bachman, M. A., Alvarez, J. M., & Cameron, J. A. (2007).  Social identity and intergroup attitudes in immigrant and non-immigrant children.  Developmental Psychology, 43, 496-507. pdf

Pfeifer, J. H., Brown, C. S., & Juvonen, J. (2007).  Teaching tolerance in schools: Lessons learned since Brown v. Board of Education about the development and reduction of children’s prejudice. Social Policy Report, 21 (2), 3-23. pdf

Lieberman, M. D., Eisenberg, N. I., Crockett, M., Tom, S., Pfeifer, J. H., & Way, B. M. (2007).  Putting feelings into words:  Affect labeling disrupts amygdala activity to affective stimuli.  Psychological Science, 18, 421-428. pdf


Dapretto, M., Davies, M. S., Pfeifer, J. H., Scott, A. A., Sigman, M., Bookheimer, S. Y., & Iacoboni, M. (2006).  Understanding emotions in others:  Mirror neuron dysfunction in children with autism spectrum disorders.  Nature Neuroscience, 9, 28-30. pdf

Lieberman, M. D., & Pfeifer, J. H. (2005).  The self and social perception:  Three kinds of questions in social cognitive neuroscience.  In A. Easton & N. Emery (Eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotional and Social Behavior (pp. 195-235).  Philadelphia:  Psychology Press. pdf

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