Pin-Hao Andy Chen

andyI am from Taiwan and am currently a sixth year graduate student at Dartmouth College. In 2011, I joined Dr. Heatherton’s lab, and was sponsored by a Fulbright scholarship. My primary research interest is using brain-imaging techniques to develop effective self-regulatory training programs. A separate line of my research is to understand the acculturation processes within immigrants using a brain-as-predictor approach.


Chen, P.-H.A., Chavez, R.S. & Heatherton, T.F. (in press). Structural connectivity between executive control and reward regions predicts body fat percentage in chronic dieters. Cognitive Neuroscience.

Chen, P.-H.A., Freeman, J.B., Taylor, J.M., & Heatherton, T.F. (2015). Brain reward activity to masked in-group smiling faces predicts friendship development. Social Psychological and Personality Sciences, 6(4), 415-421. doi: 10.1177/1948550614566093. {PDF}

Chen, P.H.-A., Wagner, D.D., Kelley, W.M., & Heatherton, T.F. (2015). Activity in cortical midline structures is modulated by self-construal changes during acculturation. Culture and Brain, 3(1), pp. 39-52. doi: 10.1007/s40167-015-0026-z {PDF}

Chen, P.A., Wagner, D.D., Kelley, W.M., Powers, K.E., & Heatherton, T.F. (2013). Medial prefrontal cortex differentiates self from mother in Chinese: Evidence from self-motivated immigrants. Culture and Brain, 1(1), 3-15. doi: 10.1007/s40167-013-0001-5. {PDF}

Chen, P.-H.A., Heatherton, T.F., & Freeman, J.B. (2015). Brain-as-predictor approach: An alternative way to explore acculturation processes. In J.E. Warnick & D. Landis (Eds.), Neuroscience in Intercultural Contexts, pp. 143-170. New York: Springer. {PDF}