Jolie Wormwood

Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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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.


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

Research Interests

  • Affect
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Cognition
  • Decision making
  • Emotion
  • Psychology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Social Psychology

Courses Taught

  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Psychology
  • PSYC 791: AdvTop/Emotion & Embodied Mind
  • PSYC 907: Resrch Methodology & Stats III

Selected Publications

Anderson, E. C., Wormwood, J., Barrett, L. F., & Quigley, K. S. (2019). Vegetarians’ and omnivores’ affective and physiological responses to images of food. Food Quality and Preference, 71, 96-105. doi:10.1016/j.foodqual.2018.06.008

Kleckner, I. R., Anderson, E. C., Betz, N. J., Wormwood, J. B., Eskew, R. T., & Barrett, L. F. (2018). Conscious awareness is necessary for affective faces to influence social judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 181-187. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2018.07.013

Kleckner, I. R., Jones, R. M., Wilder-Smith, O., Wormwood, J. B., Akcakaya, M., Quigley, K. S., . . . Goodwin, M. S. (2018). Simple, Transparent, and Flexible Automated Quality Assessment Procedures for Ambulatory Electrodermal Activity Data. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 65(7), 1460-1467. doi:10.1109/tbme.2017.2758643

Siegel, E. H., Wormwood, J. B., Quigley, K. S., & Barrett, L. F. (2018). Seeing What You Feel: Affect Drives Visual Perception of Structurally Neutral Faces. Psychological Science, 29(4), 496-503. doi:10.1177/0956797617741718

Nabian, M., Yin, Y., Wormwood, J., Quigley, K. S., Barrett, L. F., & Ostadabbas, S. (2018). An Open-Source Feature Extraction Tool for the Analysis of Peripheral Physiological Data. IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, 6, 1-11. doi:10.1109/jtehm.2018.2878000

Kleckner, I. R., Wormwood, J. B., Simmons, W. K., Barrett, L. F., & Quigley, K. S. (2015). Methodological recommendations for a heartbeat detection-based measure of interoceptive sensitivity. Psychophysiology, 52(11), 1432-1440. doi:10.1111/psyp.12503

DeSteno, D., Breazeal, C., Frank, R. H., Pizarro, D., Baumann, J., Dickens, L., & Lee, J. J. (2012). Detecting the Trustworthiness of Novel Partners in Economic Exchange. Psychological Science, 23(12), 1549-1556. doi:10.1177/0956797612448793

Bartlett, M. Y., Condon, P., Cruz, J., Baumann, J., & Desteno, D. (2012). Gratitude: Prompting behaviours that build relationships. Cognition & Emotion, 26(1), 2-13. doi:10.1080/02699931.2011.561297

Vaughn, L. A., Baumann, J., & Klemann, C. (2008). Openness to Experience and regulatory focus: Evidence of motivation from fit. Journal of Research in Personality, 42(4), 886-894. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2007.11.008

DeSteno, D., Bartlett, M. Y., Baumann, J., Williams, L. A., & Dickens, L. (n.d.). Gratitude as moral sentiment: Emotion-guided cooperation in economic exchange.. Emotion, 10(2), 289-293. doi:10.1037/a0017883

Most Cited Publications