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Working Papers

The sovereignty of social cognition: Insights from neuroscience. (2011).

On the evidentiary emptiness of failed replications. (2014).


Reggev, N., Brodie, K., Cikara, M., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2020).  Human face-selective cortex does not distinguish between members of a racial outgroup.  eNeuro. [pdf]

Woo, B. M., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2020).  Simulation: a strategy for mindreading similar but not dissimilar others?   Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.


Jolly, E., Tamir, D. I., Burum, B., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2019).  Wanting without enjoying: The social value of sharing experiences.  PloS One.


Thornton, M. A., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2018).  Theories of person perception predict patterns of neural activity during mentalizing.  Cerebral Cortex, 28 (10), 3505-3520.


Thornton, M. A., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2017).  Consistent neural activity patterns represent personally familiar people.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29 (9), 1583-1594.

Leshinksaya, A., Contreras, J. M., Caramazza, A., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2017).  Neural representations of belief concepts: A representational similarity approach to social semantics.  Cerebral Cortex, 27 (1), 344-357.


Macrae, C. N., Mitchell, J. P., Golubickis, M., Ho, N. S. P., Sherlock, R., Parlongo, R., Simpson, O. C. M., & Christian, B. M.  (2016).   Saving for your future self: The role of imaginary experiences.   Self and Identity, 16 (4), 384-398.

Nook, E. C., Ong, D. C., Morelli, S. A., Mitchell, J. P., & Zaki, J.  (2016).  Prosocial conformity: Prosocial norms generalize across behavior and empathy.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42 (8), 1045-1062.

Macrae, C. N., Mitchell, J. P., Golubickis, M., McNamara, D. L., Andreou, K., Møller S., Peytcheva, K., Falben, J. K., & Christian, B. M.  (2016).  Noticing future me: Reducing egocentrism through mental imagery.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42 (7), 855-863.

Tamir, D. I., Thornton, M. A., Contreras, J. M., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2016).  Neural evidence that three dimensions organize mental state representation: rationality, social impact, and valence.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (1), 194-199.

Tamir, D. I., Bricker, A. B., Dodell-Feder, D., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2016).  Reading fiction and reading minds: The role of simulation in the default network.  Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 11 (2), 215-224.


Tamir, D. I., Zaki, J., & Mitchell, J. P.  (2015).  Informing others is associated with behavioral and neural signatures of value.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General144 (6), 1114-1123.

De Brigard, F., Sprend, R. N., Mitchell, J. P., & Schacter, D. L. (2015).  Neural activity associated with self, other, and object-based counterfactual thinking.  NeuroImage, 109, 12-26.

Macrae, C. N., Mitchell, J. P., Tait, K. A., McNamara, D. L., Golubickis, M., Topalidis, P. P., & Christian, B. M.  (2015).  Turning I into me: Imagining your future self.  Consciousness & Cognition, 37, 207-213.


Zaki, J., López, G., & Mitchell, J. P. (2014).  Activity in ventromedial prefrontal cortex covaries with revealed social preferences: Evidence for person-invariant value.  Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9 (4), 464-469.

Moran, J. M., Jolly, E., & Mitchell, J. P. (2014).  Spontaneous mentalizing predicts the fundamental attribution error.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26 (3), 569-576.


Zaki, J. & Mitchell, J. P. (2013).  Intuitive prosociality.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(6), 466-470.

Contreras, J. M., Schirmer, J., Banaji, M. R., & Mitchell, J. P. (2013).  Common brain regions with distinct patterns of neural responses during mentalizing about groups and individuals.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25 (9), 1406-1417.

Contreras, J. M., Banaji, M. R., & Mitchell, J. P. (2013).  Multivoxel patterns in fusiform face area differentiate faces by sex and race. PLOS ONE. 8 (7): e69684. [español]


Tamir, D.I. & Mitchell, J.P. (2012).  Anchoring and adjustment during social inferences.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Tamir, D.I. & Mitchell, J.P. (2012).  Disclosing information about the self is intrinsically rewarding.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (21), 8038-8043.

Moran, J.M., Jolly, E. & Mitchell, J.P. (2012).  Social-cognitive deficits in normal aging.  Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (16), 5553-5561.

Waytz, A., Zaki, J. & Mitchell, J.P. (2012).  Response of dorsomedial prefrontal cortex predicts altruistic behavior.  Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (22), 7646-7650.

Contreras, J.M., Banaji, M.R. & Mitchell, J.P. (2012).  Dissociable neural correlates of stereotypes and other forms of semantic knowledge.  Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7 (7), 764-770. [español]


Zaki, J. & Mitchell, J.P. (2011).  Equitable decision making is associated with neural markers of intrinsic value.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (49), 19761-19766.

Miele, D.B., Wager, T.D., Mitchell, J.P., & Metcalfe, J. (2011).  Dissociating neural correlates of action monitoring and metacognition of agency.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23 (11), 3620-3636.

Tamir, D.I. & Mitchell, J.P. (2011).  The default network distinguishes construals of proximal versus distal events.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23 (10), 2945-2955.

Zaki, J., Schirmer, J., & Mitchell, J.P. (2011).  Social influence modulates the neural computation of value.  Psychological Science, 22 (7), 894-900.

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

Waytz, A. & Mitchell, J. P. (2011).  Two mechanisms for simulating other minds: Dissociable neural bases for self-projection and mirroring.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20 (3), 197-200.

Mitchell, J. P., Schirmer, J., Ames, D. L., & Gilbert, D. T. (2011).  Medial prefrontal cortex predicts intertemporal choice.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23 (4), 1-10.


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.

Tamir, D. I. & Mitchell, J. P. (2010).  Neural correlates of anchoring-and-adjustment during mentalizing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107 (24), 10827-10832.


Mitchell, J. P., Ames, D. L., Jenkins, A. C., & Banaji, M. R. (2009).  Neural correlates of stereotype application.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21 (3), 594-604. [supp]

Quadflieg, S., Turk, D. J. Waiter, G. D., Mitchell, J. P., Jenkins, A. C., & Macrae, C. N. (2009).  Exploring the neural correlates of social stereotyping.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21 (8), 1560-1570.

Mitchell, J.P. (2009).  Inferences about other minds.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 364, 1309-1316.

Schiller, D., Freeman, J. B., Mitchell, J. P., Uleman, J. S., & Phelps, E. A. (2009).  A neural mechanism of first impressions.   Nature Neuroscience, 12 (4), 508-514.

Mitchell, J.P.(2009).  Social psychology as a natural kind.   Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13 (6), 246-251.

Powell, L. J., Macrae, C. N., Cloutier, J., Metcalfe, J., & Mitchell, J. P. (2009). Dissociable neural substrates for agentic versus conceptual representations of self.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22 (10), 2186-2197.

Mitchell, J. P. (2009). Watching Minds Interact.   In Max Brockman (Eds.), What’s Next: Dispatches on the Future of Science (pp. 78-88).  New York: Vintage Books.


Mitchell, J. P. (2008). Activity in right temporo-parietal junction is not selective for theory-of-mind. Cerebral Cortex, 18(2), 262-271.

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, 105(11), 4507-4512.

Mitchell, J. P.  (2008).  Contributions of functional neuroimaging to the study of social cognition.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 142-146.

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


Mitchell, J. P., Heatherton, T. F., Kelley, W. M., Wyland, C. L., Wegner, D. M., & Macrae, C. N. (2007). Separating sustained from transient aspects of cognitive control during thought suppression. Psychological Science, 18(4), 292-297.


Mitchell, J. P. (2006). Mentalizing and Marr: An information processing approach to the study of social cognition. Brain Research, 1079, 66-75.

Mitchell, J. P., Sullivan, A. L., Schacter, D. L., & Budson, A. E. (2006). Misattribution errors in Alzheimer’s Disease: The illusory truth effect. Neuropsychology, 20, 185-192.

Mitchell, J. P., Macrae, C. N., & Banaji, M. R. (2006). Dissociable medial prefrontal contributions to judgments of similar and dissimilar others. Neuron, 50, 655-663. (accompanying commentary by Frith & Frith)

Mitchell, J. P., Cloutier, J., Banaji, M. R., & Macrae, C. N. (2006). Medial prefrontal dissociations during processing of trait diagnostic and nondiagnostic person information. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 1,49-55.


Mitchell, J. P., Macrae, C. N., & Banaji, M. R. (2005). Forming impressions of people versus inanimate objects: Social-cognitive processing in the medial prefrontal cortexNeuroImage, 26, 251-257.

Mitchell, J. P., Dodson, C. S., & Schacter, D. L. (2005). FMRI evidence for the role of recollection in suppressing misattribution errors: The illusory truth effect. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 800-810.

Mitchell, J. P., Banaji, M. R., & Macrae, C. N. (2005). The link between social cognition and self-referential thought in the medial prefrontal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 1306-1315.

Mitchell, J. P. (2005). The false dichotomy between simulation and theory-theory: The argument’s error. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 363-364.

Mitchell, J. P., Banaji, M. R., & Macrae, C. N. (2005). General and specific contributions of the medial prefrontal cortex to knowledge about mental states. NeuroImage, 28, 757-762.

Lane, K. A., Mitchell, J. P., & Banaji, M. R. (2005). Me and my group: Cultural status can disrupt cognitive consistency. Social Cognition, 23, 353-386.

Mitchell, J. P., Mason, M. F., Macrae, C. N., & Banaji, M. R. (2005). Thinking about people: The neural substrates of social cognition. In J. T. Cacioppo, P. S. Visser, & C. L. Pickett (Eds.) Social neuroscience: People thinking about people.  Cambridge , MA : MIT Press.


Vedhara, K., Wadsworth, E., Norman, P., Searle, A., Mitchell, J. P., Macrae, C. N., O’Mahony, M., Kemple, T., Memel, D. (2004). Habitual prospective memory in elderly patients with Type 2 diabetes: Implications for medication adherence. Psychology Health & Medicine, 9, 17-27.

Mitchell, J. P., Macrae, C. N., & Banaji, M. R. (2004). Encoding-specific effects of social cognition on the neural correlates of subsequent memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 4912-4917.

Ambady, N., Paik, S.K., Steele, J., Owen-Smith, A., & Mitchell, J.P. (2004). Deflecting negative self-relevant stereotype activation: The effects of individuation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 401-408.


Davachi, L., Mitchell, J. P., & Wagner, A. D. (2003). Multiple routes to memory: Distinct medial temporal lobe processes build item and source memories. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 100, 2157-2162. 15238-15243.

Grover, V. P., Keel, P. K., & Mitchell, J. P. (2003). Gender differences in implicit weight identity. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 34, 125-135.

Maril, A., Simons, J. S., Mitchell, J. P., Schwartz, B. L., & Schacter, D. L. (2003). Feeling-of-knowing in episodic memory: An event-related fMRI study. NeuroImage, 18, 827-836.

Mitchell, J. P., Nosek, B. N., & Banaji, M. R. (2003). Contextual variations in implicit evaluation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 132, 455-469.

Schacter, D.L., Chiao, J.Y., & Mitchell, J.P. (2003). The seven sins of memory: Implications for the self. In J. LeDoux, J. Debiece, & H. Moss (Eds.) The Self: From Soul to Brain. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1001, 226-239.


Mitchell, J. P., Macrae, C. N., & Gilchrist, I. D. (2002). Working memory and the suppression of reflexive saccades. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 14, 1-9

Macrae, C. N., Mitchell, J. P. & Pendry, L. F. (2002). What’s in a forename?: Cue familiarity and stereotypical thinking. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 38, 186-193.

Mitchell, J. P., Macrae, C. N, Schooler, J. W., Rowe, A. C., & Milne, A. B. (2002). Directed remembering: Subliminal cues alter nonconscious memory strategies. Memory, 10, 381-388.

Mitchell, J. P., Heatherton, T. F., & Macrae, C. N. (2002). Distinct neural systems subserve person and object knowledge. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 99, 15238-15243.