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Overview

  • Dr. Jolie Baumann Wormwood received dual bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and psychology from Ithaca College in 2007 before completing her doctorate in psychology at Northeastern University in 2012. Her research examines how affect and emotion guide perception and decision making, with a particular focus on experience and behavior in stressful or threatening contexts. She is dedicated to understanding both the underlying causes and the real-world implications of emotion’s influence on perception and decision making and has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to do so. She utilizes techniques from vision science to study how affect may shape visual perception and peripheral psychophysiological measures to assess associations among bodily activity (e.g., changes in heart rate or sweat gland activity), affective experience and behavior. In addition, she is interested in examining the complexly-determined emotional responses and threat-perception ramifications of exposure to real-world threats, such as incidents of mass violence. For example, she has studied how the Boston Marathon bombings influenced Boston community members’ perceptions of potentially threatening people and objects, as well as how their initial emotional responses to the terrorist event predicted later mental health outcomes. Dr. Wormwood’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Physiological indices of challenge and threat: A data-driven investigation of autonomic nervous system reactivity during an active coping stressor task.Psychophysiology.  e13454. 2019
    2019 Tools to improve referrals from primary care to specialty care.American Journal of Managed Care.  25:e237-e242. 2019
    2019 You are what I feel: A test of the affective realism hypothesis.Emotion.  19:788-798. 2019
    2019 Psychological impact of mass violence depends on affective tone of media content.PLoS ONE.  14:e0213891. 2019
    2019 Understanding Police Performance Under Stress: Insights From the Biopsychosocial Model of Challenge and Threat.Frontiers in Psychology.  10:1800. 2019
    2019 Vegetarians' and omnivores' affective and physiological responses to images of food.Food Quality and Preference.  71:96-105. 2019
    2018 Conscious awareness is necessary for affective faces to influence social judgments.Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.  79:181-187. 2018
    2018 Simple, Transparent, and Flexible Automated Quality Assessment Procedures for Ambulatory Electrodermal Activity Data.IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.  65:1460-1467. 2018
    2018 Seeing What You Feel: Affect Drives Visual Perception of Structurally Neutral Faces.Psychological Science.  29:496-503. 2018
    2018 Facial expression predictions as drivers of social perception.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  114:380-396. 2018
    2018 An Open-Source Feature Extraction Tool for the Analysis of Peripheral Physiological Data.IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.  6:2800711. 2018
    2018 When Words Hurt: Affective Word Use in Daily News Coverage Impacts Mental Health.Frontiers in Psychology.  9:1333. 2018
    2017 Avoiding premature closure and reaching diagnostic accuracy: some key predictive factors.Medical Education British journal of medical education.  51:1127-1137. 2017
    2017 Understanding emotion in context: how the Boston marathon bombings altered the impact of anger on threat perceptionJournal of Applied Social Psychology.  47:13-22. 2017
    2016 Remember how this feels: Inconsistency in recalled impact of a mass violence incident is related to poorer mental health outcomes.Translational Issues in Psychological Science.  2:382-394. 2016
    2016 Threat perception after the Boston Marathon bombings: The effects of personal relevance and conceptual framing.Cognition and Emotion.  30:539-549. 2016
    2015 Methodological recommendations for a heartbeat detection-based measure of interoceptive sensitivity.Psychophysiology.  52:1432-1440. 2015
    2015 Decision making from economic and signal detection perspectives: development of an integrated framework.Frontiers in Psychology.  6:952. 2015
    2013 Computationally modeling interpersonal trust.Frontiers in Psychology.  4:893. 2013
    2012 Context explains divergent effects of anger on risk taking.Emotion.  12:1196-1199. 2012
    2012 Detecting the trustworthiness of novel partners in economic exchange.Psychological Science.  23:1549-1556. 2012
    2012 Gratitude: prompting behaviours that build relationships.Cognition and Emotion.  26:2-13. 2012
    2010 Emotion guided threat detection: expecting guns where there are none.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  99:595-610. 2010
    2010 Gratitude as moral sentiment: emotion-guided cooperation in economic exchange.Emotion.  10:289-293. 2010
    2008 Openness to Experience and regulatory focus: Evidence of motivation from fitJournal of Research in Personality.  42:886-894. 2008

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2018 A DATA-DRIVEN INVESTIGATION OF PERIPHERAL PHYSIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY DURING MOTIVATED PERFORMANCEPsychophysiology. S9-S9. 2018
    2018 EMOTIONAL GRANULARITY FOR NEGATIVE, HIGH AROUSAL EMOTIONS PREDICTS RESPIRATORY SINUS ARRHYTHMIA REACTIVITY DURING STRESSPsychophysiology. S41-S41. 2018
    2018 FOLLOWING THE LEADER: IMPACTS ON CARDIAC SYNCHRONY IN ROMANTIC COUPLES OF LEADING CONFLICT CONVERSATIONSPsychophysiology. S92-S92. 2018
    2018 NEW ADVANCES IN THE STUDY OF APPROACH AND AVOIDANCE IN THE PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEMPsychophysiology. S9-S9. 2018
    2015 AFFECTIVE AROUSAL AND SHOOTING BEHAVIORPsychophysiology. S41-S41. 2015
    2014 AFFECTIVE REACTIVITY AS A STABLE INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCE: A MULTI-METHOD APPROACHPsychophysiology. S44-S44. 2014
    2014 NEGATIVE AROUSAL DECREASES THREAT SENSITIVITYPsychophysiology. S44-S44. 2014

    Teaching Activities

  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Psychology Taught course 2019
  • AdvTop/Emotion & Embodied Mind Taught course 2019
  • Resrch Methodology & Stats III Taught course 2018
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Mathematics, Ithaca College
  • B.A. Psychology, Ithaca College
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Northeastern University
  • Full Name

  • Jolie Wormwood