John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D

Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor
Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience

5848 S. University Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-1962
Fax: 773-702-4580
Lab Website:

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1977

Clinical Interests

  • Loneliness

Research Interests

  • Social neuroscience
  • Affect and emotion
  • Loneliness


  • PSYC 452000:  Advanced Experimental Methods
  • SOSC 14300:   Mind

Society Memberships

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Psychosomatic Society
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Selected Publications

  • Norris, C. J., Chen, E. E., Zhu, D. C., Small, S. L., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2004).  The interaction of social and emotional processes in the brain.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 1818-1829.
  • Cacioppo, J. T., & Berntson, G. G. (2005).  Social neuroscience.  New York: Psychology Press.
  • Adam, E. K., Hawkley, L. C., Kudielka, B. M., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2006).  Day-to-day dynamics of experience-cortisol associations in a population-based sample of older adults.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103, 17058-17063.
  • Smith, N. K., Larsen, J. T., Chartrand, T. L., Cacioppo, J. T., Katafiasz, H. A., & Moran, K. E. (2006).  Being bad isn't always good: Evaluative context moderates the attention bias toward negative information.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 210-220.
  • Berntson, G. G., Bechara, A., Damasio, H., Tranel, D., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2007).  Amygdala contribution to selective dimensions of emotion.  Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 2, 123-129.
  • Cacioppo, J. T., Amaral, D. G., Blanchard, J. J., Cameron, J. L., Carter, C. S., Crews, D., Fiske, S., Heatherton, T., Johnson, M. K., Kozak, M. J., Levenson, R. W., Lord, C., Miller, E. K., Ochsner, K., Raichle, M. E., Shea, M. T., Taylor, S. E., Young, L. J., & Quinn, K. J. (2007).  Social neuroscience:  Progress and implications for mental health.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2, 99-123.
  • Epley, N., Waytz, A., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2007).  On seeing human: A three-factor theory of anthropomorphism.  Psychological Review, 114, 864-886.
  • Cacioppo, J. T., Berntson, G. G., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2008).  Neuroimaging as a new tool in the toolbox of psychological science.  Current Directions in Psychological Science.
  • Cacioppo, J. T., Norris, C. J., Decety, J., Monteleone, G., & Nusbaum, H. (2009).  In the eye of the beholder: Individual differences in perceived social isolation predict regional brain activation to social stimuli.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 83-92.
  • Cacioppo, J. T., & Patrick, W. (2008).  Loneliness:  Human nature and the need for social connection.  New York: Norton.
  • Berntson, G. G., & Cacioppo, J. T. (in press).  Handbook of neuroscience for the behavioral sciences.  New York:  John Wiley & Sons

Other Activities

  • Director, Arete Initiative of the Office of the Vice President for Research and National Laboratories
  • Member, Graduate Program in Medicine, Arts and the Social Sciences
  • Member, Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering
  • Member, Center for Health and the Social Sciences