Anthony Porcelli, Ph.D.

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Anthony Porcelli, Ph.D.Marquette University

Cramer Hall, 328N

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-2028

Assistant Professor


Dr. Porcelli was born and raised in New Jersey.  He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and New York University. He most recently served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Rutgers University. His research addresses the neuroscience of stress, decision making, reward processing, and memory.  His research has been supported by a Busch Biomedical Research Grant, and has received welcomed media attention in such publications as The Economist and the APA Observer.

In his free time, Dr. Porcelli enjoys travelling both domestically and internationally, reading, playing an occasional video game, and sampling good food from any type of cuisine.

Research Lab: Stress and its Effects on Physiology, Affect, and Cognition


Ph.D. in Psychology, Rutgers University
M.A. in Psychology, Rutgers University
M.A. in Psychology (Biopsychology concentration), New York University
B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University

Courses Taught

Dr. Porcelli has taught a number of courses including Biopsychology, Research Methods, Advanced Graduate Statistics, Introductory Psychology, and the Psychology of Learning. As he extends his coursework at Marquette he intends to develop additional undergraduate and graduate level courses along his stated areas of interest (e.g., stress and decision-making).

Research Interests

Dr. Porcelli’s research utilizes a combination of behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methodologies to examine the influence of stress exposure on decision making, reward processing, and memory in humans. He will be extending this line of research at Marquette with a particular focus on the neural correlates stress-related modulation of risk-taking, the role of stress in the development and expression of habitual behaviors, the manner in which acutely stressful states transition into states of chronic stress over time (as in post-traumatic stress disorder), and how exposure to stress may be related to development of (or relapse in) drug addiction. His long-term objectives involve moving towards a solid scientific understanding of the foundations of the relationship between stress, physiology, and behavior while also developing techniques that can be used to intervene to mediate the negative effects of stress exposure (or promote its positive effects).

Interested in Working as a Research Assistant?

As a research assistant in the lab, your responsibilities would include: (a) working with human research participants and implementing experiments involving them (some of which involve stress exposure, requiring you to become very familiar with a set of important safety regulations), (b) becoming familiar with the use of skin conductance recording equipment and the scoring of skin conductance data, (c) learning to acquire salivary cortisol measurements, and (d) at more advanced levels analysis of behavioral data. Typically, working directly in the fMRI environment is restricted to graduate students. That said, I am willing to make exceptions on that is an undergraduate research assistant is with me long enough and demonstrates an interest in that area as well as the aptitude necessary for learning such advanced techniques. If you are interested in joining the lab contact me at to inquire!

Selected Publications

  • Delgado, M.R., Ravizza, S.M., & Porcelli, A.J, (In Press). Motivational influences on cognitive control: The role of reward processing. In Motivation and Cognitive Control, Psychology Press.
  • Sip, K.E., Smith, D.V., Porcelli, A.J., Kar, K., & Delgado, M.R. (2015). Social closeness and feedback modulate susceptibility to the framing effect. Social Neuroscience, 10(1), 35-45. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2014.944316.
  • Lewis, A.H., Porcelli, A.J., & Delgado, M.R. (2014). The influence of acute stress exposure on striatal activity during Pavlovian conditioning with monetary gains and losses. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8(179), 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00179.
  • Porcelli, A.J. (2013). An alternative to the traditional cold pressor test: The cold pressor arm wrap. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 83, e50849. doi: 10.3791/50849.
  • Porcelli, A.J., Lewis, A.H., & Delgado, M.R. (2012). Acute stress influences neural circuits of reward processing. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 6(157), 1-9. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00157.
  • Lempert, K.M., Porcelli, A.J., Delagdo, M.R., & Tricomi, E. (2012). Individual differences in delay discounting under acute stress: The role of trait perceived stress. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(251), 1-10. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00251.
  • Porcelli, A.J. & Delgado, M.R. (2009). Acute stress modulates risk-taking in financial decision-making. Psychological Science, 20(3), 278-283. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02288.x.
  • Porcelli, A.J. & Delgado, M.R. (2009). Reward processing in the human brain: Insights from fMRI. In J. Dreher and L. Tremblay (Eds.), Handbook of Reward and Decision Making (pp. 165-184). New York: Academic Press / Elsevier.
  • Porcelli, A.J., Cruz, D., Wenberg, K., Patterson, M., Biswal, B., Rypma, B. (2008). The effects of acute stress on human prefrontal working memory systems. Physiology & Behavior, 95(3), 282-289. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2008.04.027.
  • Patterson, M.D., Bly, B.M., Porcelli, A.J., & Rypma, B. (2007). Visual working memory for global, object, and part-based information. Memory & Cognition, 35(4), 738 – 751.
  • Eldreth, D.A., Patterson, M.P., Porcelli, A.J., Biswal, B.B., Rebbechi, D. & Rypma, B. (2006). Evidence for multiple manipulation processes in prefrontal cortex. Brain Research, 1123(1), 145-156.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Potts, S., McCuddy, W.T., & Porcelli, A.J. Acute Stress and Prosocial Behavior in the Trust Game
  • McCuddy, W.T., Potts, S., & Porcelli, A.J. The influence of stress on habitual behavior in financial decision-making.
  • Potts, S., McCuddy, W.T., & Porcelli, A.J. Acute stress modulates striatal activation in reward processing: The roles of age and executive function.

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