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Lee, D.S., & Way, B.M. (2019). Perceived social support and chronic inflammation: The moderating role of self-esteem. Health Psychology, 38,563-566.

Mischkowski, D., Crocker, J., & Way, B.M. (2019). A Social Analgesic? Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Reduces Positive Empathy. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 538.

Roberts,# I.D., Krajbich, I., & Way, B.M. (2019). Acetaminophen influences social and economic trust. Scientific Reports, 9, 4060.

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Williams, D.P., Pandya, K.D., Hill, L.K., Kemp, A.H., Way, B.M., Thayer, J.F. & Koenig, J. (2019). Rumination Moderates the Association Between Resting High-Frequency Heart Rate Variability and Perceived Ethnic Discrimination. Journal of Psychophysiology, 33, 13-21.


Wallace, L.E.,#Anthony, R.,#End, C.M., & Way, B.M. (2018). Does Religion Stave off the Grave? Religious Affiliation in One’s Obituary and Longevity. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 662-670.

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Roberts,#I.D., Krajbich, I., Cheavens, J.S., Campo, J. & Way, B.M. (2018). Acetaminophen reduces distrust in individuals with borderline personality disorder features. Clinical Psychological Science, 6, 145-154.

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Way, B. M. & Keaveney, A. (2018). Neurochemical Contributions to Interpersonal Emotion Dynamics. In A.K. Randall & D.  Schoebi (Eds.),  Interpersonal Emotion Dynamics in Personal Relationships. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. 


Way, B. M.* & Uchino, B.N. (2017). Integrative Pathways Linking Close Family Ties to Health: A Neurochemical Perspective. American Psychologist. 72, 590-600.

* Equal author contribution 

Williams, D.P., Joseph, N., Hill, L.K., Sollers, J.J., Vasey M.W., Way, B.M., Koenig, J., & Thayer, J.F. (2017). Stereotype threat, trait perseveration, and vagal activity: evidence for mechanisms underpinning health disparities in Black Americans. Ethnicity and Health. 19, 1-18.


Way, B.M., Brown, K.W., Quaglia, J., McCain, N., & Taylor, S.E., (2016) Nonsynonymous HTR2C Polymorphism Predicts Cortisol Response to Psychosocial Stress II: Evidence from Two Samples. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 70, 142-51.

Mischkowski,# D., Crocker, J., & Way, B.M. (2016). From Painkiller to Empathy Killer: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Reduces Empathy for the Pain of Others.  Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 1345-53.

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Inagaki, T.K., Ray, L.A., Irwin, M.R., Way, B.M., & Eisenberger, N.I. (2016). Opioids and social bonding: Naltrexone reduces feelings of social connection. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 728-35.

Berger, J., Heinrichs, M., von Dawans, B., Way, B.M., and Chen, F. (2016). Cortisol Modulates Men’s Affiliative Responses to Acute Social Stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 1-9.

Van Cappellen, P., Way, B.M., Isgett, S.F., & Fredrickson, B.F. (2016). Effects of oxytocin administration on spirituality and emotional responses to meditation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 1579–15.

Isgett, S. F., Algoe, S.B., Boulton, A.J., Way, B.M., & Fredrickson, B.L. (2016). Common variant in OXTR predicts growth in positive emotions from loving-kindness training.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 73, 244-251.

Creswell, J.D., Taren, A., Lindsay, E., Greco, C., Gianaros, P., Fairgrieve, A., Marsland, A., Brown, K.W., Way, B.M., Rosen, R., & Ferris, J. (2016). Alterations in resting-state functional connectivity link mindfulness meditation with reduced interleukin-6: A randomized controlled trial. Biological Psychiatry. 80, 53-61


Durso, G.R.O.,#  Luttrell, A.,#  & Way, B.M. (2015). Over-the-counter relief from pains and pleasures alike: Acetaminophen blunts evaluation sensitivity to both negative and positive stimuli. Psychological Science, 26:750-8. # Denotes graduate student

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Way, B.M. * and Algoe, S.B. (2014). Genetic Evidence for a Role of the Oxytocin System in the Social Bonding Effects of Expressed Gratitude. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1855-61.

*Equal author contribution

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Fagundes, C.P. & Way, B.M. (2014). Early life stress and adult immune dysregulation. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 277-283.

Moons, W.G., Way, B.M., and Taylor, S.E. (2014). Oxytocin and vasopressin receptor polymorphisms interact with circulating neuropeptides to predict human emotional reactions to stress. Emotion, 14: 562-72.

Roberts I.D. ,# and Way, B.M. (2014). Using “hug drugs” to understand affiliative behavior: the value of the social neurochemistry perspective. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1053-4.

# graduate student author

Deckman, T.J., DeWall, C.N., Way, B.M., Gilman, R., Richman, S. (2014). Can Marijuana Reduce Social Pain? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 131-139.

DeWall, C.N. and Way, B.M. (2014). A New Piece to Understanding the Intimate Partner Violence Puzzle: What Role Do Genetics Play? Violence Against Women, 20, 414-9.

Roberts I.D. ,# and Way, B.M. (2014). Using “hug drugs” to understand affiliative behavior: the value of the social neurochemistry perspective. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1053-4.

# graduate student author


Way, B.M. (2013). Social Relationships and Public Health: A Social Neurochemical Perspective focusing on the Opioid System. In P.A. Hall (Ed.), Social Neuroscience and Public Health: Foundations for the Science of Chronic Disease Prevention (pp 163-177). New York: Springer Science.

Ratner, K.G. #  and Way, B.M.  (2013). Unselfish genes? The quest to uncover neurochemical influences on prosocial behavior. Social Neuroscience, 8, 397-9.

Meyer, M.L., Way, B.M., and Eisenberger, N.I. (2013). Broadening the Scope of Cultural Neuroscience. Psychological Inquiry, 24, 47-52.


Fairbanks, L. A., Way, B. M., Breidenthal, S. E., Bailey, J. N., & Jorgensen, M. J. (2012). Maternal and offspring dopamine D4 receptor genotypes interact to influence juvenile impulsivity in vervet monkeys. Psychological Science, 23, 1099–1104.

Schoebi, D., Way, B.M., Karney, B.R., and Bradbury, T. N.  (2012). Genetic moderation of sensitivity to positive and negative affect in marriage. Emotion, 12, 208-12.

Way, B.M.,* Falk, E.B.,*, Jasinska, A.J. (2012). An imaging genetics approach to understanding social influence. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6,168. *Equal author contribution

Muscatell, K., Morelli, S.A., Falk, E.B., Way, B.M., Pfeifer, J.H., Galinsky, A.D., Lieberman, M.D., Dapretto, M., and Eisenberger, N.I. (2012). Social status modulates neural activity in the mentalizing network. Neuroimage, 60, 1771-7.