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  • Jiang, Y., Marcowski, P., Ryazanov. A., & Winkielman, P. (2023).  People conform to social norms when gambling with lives or money.  Scientific Reports, 13:853.  Online version here.
  • Arnold, A. J., Winkielman, P. (2020).  Smile (but only deliberately) though your heart is aching: Loneliness is associated with impaired spontaneous smile mimicry.  Social Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2020.1809516.
  • Frankowska, N., Parzuchowski, M., Wojciszke, B., Olszanowski, M., & Winkielman, P. (2019). Rear Negativity: Verbal messages coming from behind are perceived as more negative.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 889-902.
  • Winkielman, P., & Gogolushko, Y. (2018). Influence of Suboptimally and Optimally Presented Affective Pictures and Words on Consumption-Related Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:2261.  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02261.
  • Carr, E.W., Brady, T.F., & Winkielman, P. (2017).  Are you smiling or have I seen you before? Familiarity makes faces look happier. ​ Psychological Science, 28, 1087-1102. 
  • Owen, H. E., Halberstadt, J., Carr, E. W., & Winkielman, P. (2016). Johnny Depp, reconsidered: How category-relative processing fluency determines the appeal of gender ambiguity. PLoS ONE, 11(2), e0146328.  Link with downloadable PDF.
  • Hofree, G., Ruvolo, P., Bartlett, M.S, & Winkielman, P. (2014). Bridging the Mechanical and the Human Mind: Spontaneous Mimicry of a Physically Present Android. PLoS ONE, 9(7): e99934. LinkPDF

Live Science

  • Halberstadt, J. & Winkielman, P. (2014). Easy on the eyes, or hard to categorize: Classification difficulty decreases the appeal of facial blends.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 175–183. PDF 

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Otago Daily

  • Halberstadt, J., Pecher, D., Zeelenberg, R., Wai, L.I., & Winkielman, P. (2013).  Two faces of attractiveness:  Making beauty-in-averageness appear and reverse. Psychological Science.  PDF

Huffington Post Science

  • Carr, E. W., Winkielman, P., & Oveis, C. (2013). Transforming the mirror: Power fundamentally changes facial responding to emotional expressions.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.  PDF
  • Kavanagh, L., Suhler, C., Churchland, P., & Winkielman, P. (2011).  When it’s an error to mirror: The surprising reputational costs of mimicry. Psychological Science. PDF.
  • Ybarra, O., Winkielman, P., Yeh, I., Burnstein, E. & Kavanagh, L. (2011). Friends (and sometimes enemies) with cognitive benefits: What types of social interactions boost cognitive functioning? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 253-261.

Science Daily

  • De Vries, M., Holland, R.W., Chenier, T., Starr, M.J., & Winkielman, P. (2010). Happiness cools the warm glow of familiarity: Psychophysiological evidence that mood modulates the familiarity-affect link.  Psychological Science, 21, 321–328.

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Halberstadt, J., Winkielman, P., Niedenthal, P. M., & Dalle, N. (2009). Emotional conception: How embodied emotion concepts guide perception and facial action.  Psychological Science, 20, 1254-1261.

Vul, E., Harris C., Winkielman, P., & Pashler, H. (2009).   Puzzlingly High Correlations in fMRI Studies of Emotion, Personality, and Social Cognition. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 274-290.

Knutson, B., Wimmer, G. E., Kuhnen, C. M., & Winkielman, P. (2008). Nucleus accumbens activation mediates the influence of reward cues on financial risk taking. NeuroReport, 19, 509-513.

Ybarra, O., Burnstein, E., Winkielman, P., Keller, M.C, Manis, M., Chan, E., Rodriguez, J. (2008). Mental exercising through simple socializing: Social interaction promotes general cognitive functioning. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 248-259.

Winkielman, P., Halberstadt, J., Fazendeiro, T. & Catty, S. (2006). Prototypes are attractive because they are easy on the mind. Psychological Science, 17. 799-806.

McIntosh, D. N., Reichmann-Decker, A., Winkielman, P., & Wilbarger, J. L. (2006). When the social mirror breaks: Deficits in automatic, but not voluntary mimicry of emotional facial expressions in autism. Developmental Science, 9, 295–302.

Winkielman, P., Berridge, K. C., & Wilbarger, J. L. (2005). Unconscious affective reactions to masked happy versus angry faces influence consumption behavior and judgments of value. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1, 121-135.

Winkielman, P., & Schwarz, N. (2001). How pleasant was your childhood? Beliefs about memory shape inferences from experienced difficulty of recall. Psychological Science, 12, 176-179.

Winkielman, P., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2001). Mind at ease puts a smile on the face: Psychophysiological evidence that processing facilitation increases positive affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 989–1000.

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