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Juarez, E.J., Castrellon, J.J., Green, M.A., Crawford, J.L., Seaman, K.L., Smith, C.T., Dang, L.C., Matuskey, D., Morris, E.D., Cowan, R.L., Zald, D.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2019) Reproducibility of the correlative triad among aging, dopamine receptor availability, and cognition. Psychology and Aging. preprint

Löckenhoff, C.E., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2019) Age differences in intertemporal choice: the role of task type, outcome characteristics, and covariates. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

Löckenhoff, C.E., Rutt, J.L., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Gallagher, C., O’Donoghue, T., Reyna, V.F. (2018) Age effects in sequence construction for a continuous cognitive task: similar sequence-trends but fewer switch-points. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. link



Castrellon, J.J., Seaman, K.L., Crawford, J.L., Young, J.S., Smith, C.T., Dang, L.C., Hsu, M., Cowan, R.L., Zald, D.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2019) Individual differences in dopamine are associated with reward discounting in clinical groups but not in healthy adults. Journal of Neuroscience, 39 (2), 321–332. PDF | data/code/materials | neurovault | cover

Seaman, K.L., Smith, C.T., Juarez, E.J., Dang, L.C., Castrellon, J.C., Burgess, L., San Juan, M.D., Kundzicz, P.M., Cowan, R.L., Zald, D.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2019) Differential regional decline in dopamine receptor availability across adulthood: Linear and nonlinear effects of age. Human Brain Mapping, 40 (10), 3125-3138. link | preprint | data/code/materials

Gutchess, A., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2019) Social function and motivation in the aging brain. In G.R. Samanez-Larkin (Ed.) The aging brain: functional adaptation across adulthood (pp. 165-184). Washington DC: American Psychological Association. preprint | volume

Karrer, T.M., McLaughlin, C.L., Guaglianone, C.P., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2019) Reduced serotonin receptors and transporters in normal aging adults: a meta-analysis of PET and SPECT imaging studies, Neurobiology of Aging, 80, 1–10. link | preprint | data/code/materials

Holland, C.A.C., Ebner, N.C., Lin, T., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2019) Emotion identification across adulthood using the Dynamic FACES database of emotional expressions in young, middle-aged, and older adults. Cognition and Emotion, 33(2), 245–257. PDF | data/code/materials

Smith, C.T., Crawford, J.L., Dang, L.C., Seaman, K.L., San Juan, M.D., Vijay, A., Katz, D.T., Matuskey, D., Cowan, R.L., Morris, E.D., Zald, D.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2019) Partial-volume correction increases estimated dopamine D2-like receptor binding potential and reduces adult age differences. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 39(5), 822–833. PDFdata/code/materials

Smith, C.T., Dang, L.C., Burgess, L.L., Perkins, S.F., San Juan, M.D., Smith, D.K., Cowan, R.L., Le, N.T., Kessler, R.M., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Zald, D.H. (2018) Lack of consistent sex differences in d-amphetamine-induced dopamine release measured with fallypride PET. Psychopharmacology, 236(2), 581–590. link

Löckenhoff, C.E., Rutt, J.L., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., O’Donoghue, T., Reyna, V.F. (2019) Preferences for temporal sequences of real outcomes differ across domains but do not vary by age. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 74(3), 430–439. link


Seaman, K.L., Brooks, N., Karrer, T.M., Castrellon, J.J., Dang, L.C., Hsu, M., Zald, D.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2018) Subjective value representations during effort, probability, and time discounting across adulthood. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13(5), 449–459. PDF | data/code/materials | neurovault

Seaman, K.L., Green, M.A., Shu, S., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2018) Individual differences in loss aversion and preferences for skewed risks across adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 33(4), 654–659. PDF | data/code/materials

Smith, C.T., San Juan, D.T., Dang, L.C., Katz, D.T., Perkins, S.F., Burgess, L.L., Cowan, R.L., Manning, H.C., Nickels, M.L., Claassen, D.O., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Zald, D.H. (2018). Ventral striatal dopamine transporter availability is associated with lower trait motor impulsivity in healthy adults. Translational Psychiatry, 8(1), 269. link | data/materials

von Helverson, B., Mata, R., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Wilke, A. (2018) Foraging, exploration, or search?: on the (lack of) convergent validity between three behavioral paradigms. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences12(3), 152–162. PDFdata

Dang, L.C., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Smith, C.T., Castrellon, J.J., Perkins, S.F., Cowan, R.L., Claassen, D.O., Zald, D.H. (2018) FTO affects food cravings and interacts with age to influence age-related decline in food cravings. Physiology and Behavior, 192, 188–193. PDF

Dang, L.C., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Castrellon, J.J., Perkins, S.F., Cowan, R.L., Zald, D.H. (2018) Individual differences in dopamine D2 receptor availability correlate with reward valuation. Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 18(4), 739–747. link

Leong, J.K., MacNiven, K.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Knutson, B. (2018) Distinct neural circuits supporting incentivized inhibition. NeuroImage, 178, 435–444. link

Kircanski, K., Notthoff, N., DeLiema, M., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Shadel, D., Mottola, G., Carstensen, L.L., Gotlib, I.H. (2018) Emotional arousal may increase susceptibility to fraud in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 33(2), 325–337. PDFsup 


Seaman, K.L., Leong, J.K., Wu, C.C., Knutson, B., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2017) Individual differences in skewed financial risk taking across the adult life span. Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience. 17(6), 1232–1241. PDF | data/code/materials

Karrer, T.M., Josef, A.K., Mata, R., Morris, E.D., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2017) Reduced dopamine receptors and transporters but not synthesis capacity in normal aging adults: a meta-analysis. Neurobiology of Aging, 57, 36–46.  PDF | data/code/materials

Dang, L.C., Castrellon, J.J., Perkins, S.F., Le, N.T., Cowan, R.L., Zald, D.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2017) Reduced effects of age on dopamine D2 receptor levels in physically active adults. NeuroImage, 148, 123–129. PDF | data 

Dang, L.C., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Castrellon, J.J., Perkins, S.F., Cowan, R.L., Newhouse, P.A., Zald, D.H. (2017) Spontaneous eye blink rate (EBR) is uncorrelated with dopamine D2 receptor availability and unmodulated by dopamine agonism in healthy adults. eNeuro,  4 (5) ENEURO.0211-17.2017. PDF

Hosking, J.G., Kastman, E.K., Dorfman, H.M., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Baskin-Sommers, A., Kiehl, K.A., Newman, J.P., Buckholtz, J.W. (2017) Disrupted prefrontal regulation of striatal subjective value signals in psychopathy. Neuron, 95(1), 221–231.


Seaman, K.L., Gorlick, M.A., Vekaria, K.M., Hsu, M., Zald, D.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2016) Adult age differences in decision making across domains: Increased discounting of social and health-related rewards. Psychology and Aging, 31(7), 737-746. PDF | data 

Löckenhoff, C.E., Rutt, J.L., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., O’Donoghue, T., Reyna, V.F., Ganzel, B. (2016) Dread-sensitivity in decisions about real and imagined electrical shocks does not vary by age. Psychology and Aging, 31 (8), 890–901.

Leong, J.K., Pestilli, F., Wu, C.C., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Knutson, B. (2016) White-matter tract connecting anterior insula to nucleus accumbens correlates with reduced preference for positively skewed gambles. Neuron, 89 (1), 63–69.  PDF  |  sup

Josef, A.K., Richter, D., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Wagner, G.G., Hertwig, R. & Mata, R. (2016). Stability and change in risk-taking propensity across the adult life span. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111(3), 430–450. Epub 2016 Jan 28. link

Dang, L.C., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Castrellon, J.J., Perkins, S.F., Cowan, R.L., Zald, D.H. (2016) Associations between dopamine D2 receptor availability and BMI depend on age. NeuroImage,  138, 176–183. PDF

Dang, L.C., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Young, J.S., Cowan, R.L., Kessler, R.M., Zald, D.H. (2016) Caudate asymmetry is related to attentional impulsivity and an objective measure of ADHD-like attentional problems in healthy adults. Brain Structure and Function, 221(1), 277-286.  link

Kline, R.L., Zhang, S., Farr, O.M., Hu, S., Zaborksy, L., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Li, C.R. (2016) The effects of methylphenidate on resting-state functional connectivity of the basal nucleus of meynert, locus coeruleus, and ventral tegmental area in healthy adults. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10:149. link


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Knutson, B. (2015) Decision making in the ageing brain: changes in affective and motivational circuits. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 16 (5), 278-289.  link

Beas, B.S., Setlow, B., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Bizon, J.L. (2015) Modeling cost-benefit decision making in aged rodents. In TM Hess, J Strough, and CE Löckenhoff (Eds.). Aging and decision making: Empirical and applied perspectives (pp. 17–40). New York: Elsevier. 

Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2015) Decision neuroscience and aging. In TM Hess, J Strough, and CE Löckenhoff (Eds.). Aging and decision making: Empirical and applied perspectives (pp. 41–60). New York: Elsevier. 


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Worthy, D.A., Mata, R., McClure, S.M., Knutson, B (2014) Adult age differences in frontostriatal representation of prediction error but not reward outcome. Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14 (2), 672–682.  PDF  |  sup

Wu, C.C., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Katovich, K., Knutson, B. (2014) Affective traits link to reliable neural markers of incentive anticipation. NeuroImage, 84 (1), 279-289.  link

Benningfield, M.M., Blackford, J.U., Ellsworth, M.E., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Martin, P.R., Cowan, R.L., Zald, D.H. (2014) Caudate responses to reward anticipation associated with delay discounting behavior in healthy youth. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 7, 43-52.  link

Samanez-Larkin GR, Hagen TA, Weiner DJ (2014) Financial decision making across adulthood. In E Bijleveld and H Aarts (Eds.) The Psychological Science of Money. New York: Springer.

Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Knutson, B. (2014) Reward processing and risky decision making in the aging brain. In V. Reyna & V. Zayas (Eds.) The Neuroscience of Risky Decision Making (pp. 123-142). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.  PDF

Braver, T.S., Krug, M.K., Chiew, K.S., Kool, W., Westbrook, J.A., Clement, N.J., Adcock, R.A., Barch, D.M., Botvinick, M.M., Carver, C.S., Cools, R., Custers, R., Dickinson, A.R., Dweck, C.S., Fishbach, A., Gollwitzer, P.M., Hess, T.M., Isaacowitz, D.M., Mather, M., Murayama, K., Pessoa, L., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Somerville, L.H. (2014) Mechanisms of motivation-cognition interaction: challenges and opportunities. Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14 (2), 443–472.  PDF


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Buckholtz, J.W., Cowan, R.L., Woodward, N.D., Li, R., Ansari, M.S., Arrington, C.M., Baldwin, R.M., Smith, C.E., Treadway, M.T., Kessler, R.M., Zald, D.H. (2013) A thalamocorticostriatal dopamine network for psychostimulant-enhanced human cognitive flexibility. Biological Psychiatry, 74(2), 99–105. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.10.032. Epub 2012 Dec 27.  PDF  |  sup  |  comment

Garrett, D.D., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., MacDonald, S.W.S., Lindenberger, U., McIntosh, A.R., Grady, C.L. (2013) Moment-to-moment brain signal variability: A next frontier in human brain mapping? Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 37(4), 610–624. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2013.02.015. Epub 2013 Mar 1.  PDF

Hills, T.T., Mata, R., Wilke, A., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2013) Mechanisms of age-related decline in memory search across the adult life span. Developmental Psychology, 49(12), 2396-2404. [Epub ahead of print 2013 Apr 15]  PDF

Kuhnen, C.M., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Knutson, B. (2013) Serotonergic genotypes, neuroticism, and financial choices. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e54632. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054632. Epub 2013 Jan 30.  link

Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Li, S., Ridderinkhof K.R. (2013). Complementary Approaches to the Study of Decision Making Across the Adult Life Span. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7, 243. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00243  link

Samanez-Larkin GR (2013) Financial Decision Making and the Aging Brain. APS Observer, 26(5), 30–33.  link


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Levens, S.M., Perry, L.M., Dougherty, R.F., Knutson, B. (2012) Frontostriatal white matter integrity mediates adult age differences in probabilistic reward learning. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(15), 5333–5337.  PDF

Knutson, B., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2012) Brain, decision, and debt. In R. Brubaker, R. M. Lawless, & C. J. Tabb (Eds.) A Debtor World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Debt (pp. 167–180). New York: Oxford University Press.  PDF


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Mata, R., Radu, P.T., Ballard, I.C., Carstensen, L.L., McClure, S.M. (2011) Age differences in striatal delay sensitivity during intertemporal choice in healthy adults. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 5, 126.  link

Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Wagner, A.D., Knutson, B. (2011) Expected value information improves financial risk taking across the adult life span. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 6(2), 207–217.  PDF  |  sup

Mata, R, Josef, A.K., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Hertwig, R. (2011) Age differences in risky choice: A meta-analysis. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1235(1), 18–29.  PDF  |  sup

Carstensen, L.L., Turan, B., Scheibe, S., Ram, N., Ersner-Hershfield, H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Brooks, K.P., Nesselroade, J.R. (2011) Emotional experience improves with age: Evidence based on over 10 years of experience sampling. Psychology and Aging, 26(1), 21-33.  PDF

Knutson, B., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Kuhnen, C.M. (2011) Gain and loss learning differentially contribute to life financial outcomes. PLoS ONE, 6(9), e24390.  link


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Carstensen, L.L. (2011) Socioemotional functioning and the aging brain. In J. Decety & J.T. Cacioppo (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (pp. 507–521). New York: Oxford University Press.  PDF


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Kuhnen, C.M., Yoo, D.J., Knutson, B. (2010) Variability in nucleus accumbens activity mediates age-related suboptimal financial risk taking. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(4), 1426–1434.  PDF  |  cover  |  sup  |  comment


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Robertson, E.R., Mikels, J.A., Carstensen, L.L., Gotlib, I.H. (2009) Selective attention to emotion in the aging brain. Psychology and Aging, 24(3), 519–529.  PDF

Kwon, Y., Scheibe, S., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Tsai, J.L., Carstensen, L.L. (2009) Replicating the positivity effect in picture memory in Koreans: Evidence for cross-cultural generalizability. Psychology and Aging, 24(3), 748–754.  PDF

Ersner-Hershfield, H., Garton, M.T., Ballard, K., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Knutson, K. (2009) Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow: Individual differences in future self-continuity account for saving. Judgment and Decision Making, 4(4), 280–286.  PDF


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Hollon, N.G., Carstensen, L.L., Knutson, B. (2008) Individual differences in insular sensitivity during loss anticipation predict avoidance learning. Psychological Science, 19(4), 320–323.  PDF

Samanez-Larkin, G.R., D’Esposito, M. (2008) Group comparisons: Imaging the aging brain. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3(3), 290–297.  PDF


Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Gibbs, S.E.B., Khanna, K., Nielsen, L., Carstensen, L.L., Knutson, B. (2007) Anticipation of monetary gain but not loss in healthy older adults. Nature Neuroscience, 10(6), 787–791.  PDF  |  sup


Mikels, J.A., Larkin, G.R., Reuter-Lorenz, P.A., Carstensen, L.L. (2005) Divergent trajectories in the aging mind: Changes in working memory for affective versus visual information with age. Psychology and Aging, 20(4), 542–553.  PDF

Mikels, J.A., Fredrickson, B.L., Larkin, G.R., Lindberg, C.M., Maglio, S.J., Reuter-Lorenz, P.A. (2005). Emotional category data on images from the International Affective Picture System. Behavior Research Methods, 37(4), 626–630.  PDF


Fredrickson, B.L., Tugade, M.M., Waugh, C.E., Larkin, G.R. (2003) What good are positive emotions in crises?: A prospective study of resilience and emotions following the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th, 2001. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 365–376.  PDF