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Beer, Jennifer

Jennifer S Beer

Department of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry


Office Location
SEA 3.208

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Dr. Beer is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She is affiliated with the Psychology Department (Social & Personality Area, Cognitive Neuroscience Area), the Imaging Research Center, and the Institute for Neuroscience.

Research in our lab focuses on self-processes, emotion processes and social cognition. We're interested in how these processes contribute to appropriate social functioning. For example, how do self-perceptions and emotions influence decisions in social interactions? To address these questions, we use behavioral methods such as behavioral observation (e.g., FACS coding, reaction times, self and peer-report) in addition to neuroscience methods such as neuroimaging (fMRI) and studies of patient populations.

What do we know about positive appraisals?: Low cognitive cost, orbitofrontal-striatal connectivity, and only short term bolstering of resilience. Beer, J.S. & Flagan, T. (in press). Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

What do we know about emotional influences on social cognition? A social neuroscience perspective. Beer, J. S. (2016). Emotion Review, 8, 1-9.


Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Open Science Collaboration. (2015)Science. 349(6251). DOI: 10.1126/science.aac4716


Exaggerated positivity in self-evaluation: A social neuroscience approach to reconciling the role of self-esteem protection and cognitive bias. Beer, J.S. (2014). Social and Personality Compass. 8, 583-594.


Three ways in which midline regions contribute to self-evaluation. Flagan, T. & Beer, J.S. (2013). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.7, 1-12.


Dissociable neural modulation underlying lasting first impressions, changing your mind for the better, and changing it for the worse. Bhanji, J. P. & Beer, J. S. (2013). Journal of Neuroscience. 32, 9337-9344.


Protecting the self: The effect of social-evaluative threat on neural representations of self. Hughes, B. L., & Beer, J.S., (2013). Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 25, 613-622.


Social threat and cognitive load magnify self-enhancement and attenuate self-deprecation. Beer, J. S., Chester, D. S., & Hughes, B. L. (2013). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 49, 706-711.