Adrianna (Anna) Jenkins

Assistant Professor
BA, Dartmouth College
MA, Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Office Location: 
Room D9A, Solomon Labs, 3720 Walnut Street
Research Interests: 
Cognitive Neuroscience
Social Cognition
Decision Processes


Specific Research Areas:

Social cognition and its relationship to other cognitive systems; contributions of the prefrontal cortex to social and non-social decision-making; psychological and neural mechanisms of uncertainty reduction in social and future-oriented thought; contextual flexibility in human behavior.

Professor Anna Jenkins will be considering new graduate students for admission for Fall 2022.

Selected Publications: 

(For a full list of publications, see the website.) 

Jenkins, A.C., Karashchuk, P., Zhu, L., & Hsu, M. (2018). Predicting human behavior toward members of different social groups. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 115(39), 9596-9701.

Jenkins, A.C., & Hsu, M. (2017). Dissociable contributions of imagination and willpower to the malleability of human patience. Psychological Science, 28(7), 894-906.

Jenkins, A.C., Zhu, L., & Hsu, M. (2016). Cognitive neuroscience of honesty and deception: A signaling framework. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 11, 130-137. 

Jenkins, A. C., Dodell-Feder, D., Saxe, R., & Knobe, J. (2014). The neural bases of directed and spontaneous mental state attributions to group agents. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e105341.

Zhu, L., Jenkins, A.C., Set, E., Scabini, D., Knight, R., Chiu, P., King-Casas, B., & Hsu, M. (2014). Damage to dorsolateral prefrontal cortex affects tradeoffs between honesty and self-interest. Nature Neuroscience, 17(10), 1319-1321.  

Cikara, M., Jenkins, A.C., Dufour, N., & Saxe, R. (2014). Reduced self-referential neural response during intergroup competition predicts competitor harm. NeuroImage, 96, 36-43.

Jenkins, A.C. & Mitchell, J.P. (2011). Medial prefrontal cortex subserves diverse forms of self-reflection. Social Neuroscience, 6(3), 211-218.

Gray, K., Jenkins, A.C., Heberlein, A.S. & Wegner, D.M. (2011). Distortions of mind perception in psychopathology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 108(2), 477-479.

Jenkins, A.C. & Mitchell, J.P. (2010). Mentalizing under uncertainty: Dissociated neural responses to ambiguous and unambiguous mental state inferences. Cerebral Cortex, 20(2), 404-410.

Ames, D.L., Jenkins, A.C., Banaji, M.R., & Mitchell, J.P. (2008). Taking another person’s perspective increases self-referential neural processing. Psychological Science, 19(7), 642-644.    

Jenkins, A.C., Macrae, C.N., & Mitchell, J.P. (2008). Repetition suppression of ventromedial prefrontal activity during judgments of self and others. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 105(11), 4507-4512.