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.
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
Dr. Porcelli has taught a number of courses including Biopsychology, Introductory Psychology, the Psychology of Learning, and Research Methods. As he extends his coursework at Marquette he intends to develop additional undergraduate and graduate level courses along his stated areas of interest.
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).
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.
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.
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. & Delgado, M.R. (2009). Acute stress modulates risk-taking in financial decision-making. Psychological Science, 20(3), 278-283.