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Corey White, Ph.D.

Corey White, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

409 Huntington Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

My research focuses on understanding how the brain allows us to adapt the way we make decisions. We explore how different types of information are represented in the brain and integrated to drive behavior, employing mathematical models of cognition and functional MRI to map cognitive processes onto neural systems. This work covers both healthy adult populations and clinical populations with elevated anxiety and depression.  Current projects include investigating individual differences in the ability to exert executive control over cognitive processes, and exploring how emotions affect memory and decision making.  For more information about my research, please visit my lab page.


  • Ph.D, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (2010)
  • B.S., Truman State University, Kirksville, MO (2005)

Selected Publications


White, C. N., Ratcliff, R., Vasey, M. W., McKoon, G. (2013).  A diffusion model analysis of

        anxiety and threat classification.  In preparation.

White, C. N., Ratcliff, R., Vasey, M. W., McKoon, G. (2013).  Trait anxiety and threat bias in

        recognition memory: The role of list composition.  In revision.

Chen, M.Y., Jimura, K., White, C.N., Maddox, T.W., & Poldrack, R.A. (2013).  Perceptual

        bias reflects knowledge about task structure encoded in the fronto-striatal system.


White, C. N., Congdon, E., Mumford, J. A., Karlsgodt, K. H., Sabb, F. W., Freimer, N. B.,

        London, E. D., Cannon, T. D., Bilder, R. M., & Poldrack, R. A. (2013).  Decomposing

        decision components in the Stop-signal task: A model-based approach to individual

        differences in inhibitory control.  Submitted.

Cohen-Gilbert, J. E., Killgore, W. D. S., White, C. N., Schwab, Z. J., Crowley, M. J., Scneider, J.

        T., & Silveri, M. M. (2013).  Differential influence of safe versus threatening facial

        expressions on decision-making during an inhibitory control task in adolescence and

        adulthood.  Developmental Science, in press.

White, C. N. & Poldrack, R. A. (2013).  Decomposing bias in different types of simple decisions,

        Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, in press.

White, C. N., Kapucu, A., Bruno, D., Rotello, C. M., & Ratcliff, R. (2013). Increased memory

        strength for emotional items in immediate recognition is driven by effects of category

        membership.  Cognition & Emotion, accepted pending revisions.

Hantsoo, L, Khou, C., White, C. N., & Ong, J. (2013).  Predictors of pre-sleep arousal and trait

        hyperarousal in insomnia.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, in press.

White, C. N. & Poldrack, R. A. (2013).  Using functional neuroimaging to constrain theory

        testing.  Perspectives in Psychological Science, 8, 79-83.

White, C. N., Mumford, J. A., & Poldrack, R. A. (2012).  Perceptual criteria in the human brain. 

        Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 16716-16724.

Starns, J. J., White, C. N., & Ratcliff, R. (2012).  The strength-based mirror effect in subjective

        strength ratings:  The evidence for differentiation can be produced without differentiation.

        Memory & Cognition, 40, 1189-1199.

Whitmer, D. & White, C. N. (2012).  Evidence of human subthalamic nucleus involvement in

        decision making.  Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 8753-8755. 

Starns, J.J., Ratcliff, R., & White, C. N. (2012).  Diffusion model drift rates can be influenced by

        decision processes: An analysis of the strength-based mirror effect.  Journal of

        Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.  38, 1137-1151.

White, C. N., Brown, S., & Ratcliff, R.  (2012).  A test of Bayesian observer models for the

        flanker task.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and

        Psychophysics, 38, 489-497.

White, C. N., Ratcliff, R., & Starns, J. J. (2011).  Diffusion models of the flanker task: Discrete

        versus gradual narrowing of attention.  Cognitive Psychology, 63, 210-238.