Professor Thalia P. Wheatley

Dartmouth College Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Thalia Wheatley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and an expert in the fields of neural systems and animate and inanimate interpretations in the brain.

Her primary research interests are awareness of our own mental states and how we understand those states in others. She established an online site—the Wheatley Lab —dedicated to social neuroscience research at Dartmouth College. Her current projects include “A Neural System for Inferring and Imagining Animacy,” “The Order of Authorship in Academic Psychology” and “Dissociating Valence and Intensity: An fMRI Study of Affective Priming.”

Wheatley holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Selected Publications:
• Wheatley, T., Milleville, S. C., & Martin, A. (2007). Understanding animate agents: Distinct roles for the social network and mirror system. Psychological Science, 18, 469-474. Discussed by G. Chin,”Editor’s Choice”, Science, 316, 1255, 2007].
• Wheatley, T. & Haidt, J. (2005). Hypnotic disgust makes moral judgments more severe. Psychological Science, 16, 780-784.
• Wheatley, T., Weisberg, J., Beauchamp, M. S. & Martin, A. (2005) Automatic priming of semantically related words reduces activity in the fusiform gyrus. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 1871-1885.