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Nina Lauharatanahirun

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health


  • College of Health and Human Development
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Center for Neural Engineering

531 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building


Research Website




  • BA, Psychology, Cailfornia State University, Northridge, 2009
  • MS, Neuroscience & Biological Psychology, Virginia Tech, 2013
  • PhD, Neuroscience & Biological Psychology, Virginia Tech, 2017


Journal Articles

  • C N Cascio, Nina Lauharatanahirun, G M Lawson, M J Farah and E B Falk, 2022, "Parental education is associated with differential engagement of neural pathways during inhibitory control.", Scientific reports, 12, (1), pp. 260
  • Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Toria Herd, Alexis Brieant, Kristin M Peviani, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Jacob Lee, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Warren K Bickel and Brooks King-Casas, 2021, "Bidirectional links between adolescent brain function and substance use moderated by cognitive control", Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 62, (4), pp. 427--436
  • Cohen RA Hoffing, Nina Lauharatanahirun, DE Forster, JO Garcia, JM Vettel and SM Thurman, 2021, "Dissociable mappings of tonic and phasic pupillary features onto cognitive processes involved in mental arithmetic (vol 15, e0230517, 2020)", PLOS ONE, 16, (8)
  • Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Toria Herd, Alexis Brieant, Kristin Peviani, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Jacob Lee and Brooks King-Casas, 2021, "Maltreatment and brain development: The effects of abuse and neglect on longitudinal trajectories of neural activation during risk processing and cognitive control", Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 48, pp. 100939
  • Kanika Bansal, Javier O Garcia, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Sarah F Muldoon, Paul Sajda and Jean M Vettel, 2021, "Scale-specific dynamics of high-amplitude bursts in EEG capture behaviorally meaningful variability", NeuroImage, 241, pp. 118425
  • Darin G Johnson, Bradley D Mattan, Nelson Flores, Nina Lauharatanahirun and Emily B Falk, 2021, "Social-Cognitive and Affective Antecedents of Code Switching and the Consequences of Linguistic Racism for Black People and People of Color", Affective Science, pp. 1--9
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun and Jason A Aimone, 2021, "Trust and Risk", The Neurobiology of Trust, pp. 101
  • J Susanne Asscheman, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Pol AC Van Lier, Susanne Koot, Brooks King-Casas and Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, 2020, "Associations between peer attachment and neural correlates of risk processing across adolescence", Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 42, pp. 100772
  • Russell A Cohen Hoffing, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Daniel E Forster, Javier O Garcia, Jean M Vettel and Steven M Thurman, 2020, "Dissociable mappings of tonic and phasic pupillary features onto cognitive processes involved in mental arithmetic", PloS one, 15, (3), pp. e0230517
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun, Kanika Bansal, Steven M Thurman, Jean M Vettel, Barry Giesbrecht, Scott Grafton, James C Elliott, Erin Flynn-Evans, Emily Falk and Javier O Garcia, 2020, "Flexibility of brain regions during working memory curtails cognitive consequences to lack of sleep", arXiv preprint arXiv:2009.07233
  • Rui Pei, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Christopher N Cascio, Matthew B O’Donnell, Jean T Shope, Bruce G Simons-Morton, Jean M Vettel and Emily B Falk, 2020, "Neural processes during adolescent risky decision making are associated with conformity to peer influence", Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 44, pp. 100794
  • Dongil Chung, Mark A Orloff, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Pearl H Chiu and Brooks King-Casas, 2020, "Valuation of peers’ safe choices is associated with substance-na\"\ivet\'e in adolescents", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, (50), pp. 31729--31737
  • Rotem Botvinik-Nezer, Felix Holzmeister, Colin F Camerer, Anna Dreber, Juergen Huber, Magnus Johannesson, Michael Kirchler, Roni Iwanir, Jeanette A Mumford, R Alison Adcock and others, 2020, "Variability in the analysis of a single neuroimaging dataset by many teams", Nature, 582, (7810), pp. 84--88
  • Brian A Mitchell, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Javier O Garcia, N Wymbs, S Grafton, Jean M Vettel and Linda R Petzold, 2019, "A minimum free energy model of motor learning", Neural computation, 31, (10), pp. 1945--1963
  • Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Alexis Brieant, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Jacob Lee and Brooks King-Casas, 2019, "Brains of a feather flocking together? Peer and individual neurobehavioral risks for substance use across adolescence", Development and psychopathology, 31, (5), pp. 1661--1674
  • Hoffing, Russell A Cohen, Steven M Thurman, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Daniel E Forster, Javier O Garcia, Nick Wasylyshyn, Barry Gies-brecht, Scott T Grafton and Jean M Vettel, 2019, "Distinct pupil features correlate with between-participant and across-session performance variability in a 16-week, longitudinal data set", Journal of Vision, 19, (10), pp. 126c--126c
  • Jacob Elder, Alexis Brieant, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Brooks King-Casas and Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, 2019, "Insular risk processing predicts alcohol use via externalizing pathway in male adolescents", Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, 80, (6), pp. 602--613
  • Mengjiao Li, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Laurence Steinberg, Brooks King-Casas, Jungmeen Kim-Spoon and Kirby Deater-Deckard, 2019, "Longitudinal link between trait motivation and risk-taking behaviors via neural risk processing", Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 40, pp. 100725
  • Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Kristin Peviani, Alexis Brieant, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Warren K Bickel and Brooks King-Casas, 2019, "Longitudinal pathways linking family risk, neural risk processing, delay discounting, and adolescent substance use", Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60, (6), pp. 655--664
  • Dominique Maciejewski, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Toria Herd, Jacob Lee, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Brooks King-Casas and Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, 2018, "Neural cognitive control moderates the association between insular risk processing and risk-taking behaviors via perceived stress in adolescents", Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 30, pp. 150--158
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun, Dominique Maciejewski, Christopher Holmes, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Jungmeen Kim-Spoon and Brooks King-Casas, 2018, "Neural correlates of risk processing among adolescents: Influences of parental monitoring and household chaos", Child development, 89, (3), pp. 784--796
  • Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Rachel E Kahn, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Warren K Bickel, Pearl H Chiu and Brooks King-Casas, 2017, "Executive functioning and substance use in adolescence: Neurobiological and behavioral perspectives", Neuropsychologia, 100, pp. 79--92
  • Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Julee P Farley, Pearl H Chiu, Warren K Bickel and Brooks King-Casas, 2017, "Neural interaction between risk sensitivity and cognitive control predicting health risk behaviors among late adolescents", Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, (3), pp. 674--682
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun, George I Christopoulos and Brooks King-Casas, 2012, "Neural computations underlying social risk sensitivity", Frontiers in human neuroscience, 6, pp. 213
  • Mary E Andrews, Rui Pei, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Alexandra M Paul and Emily B Falk, , "Social Media and the Social Brain"
  • Eric Bogert, Nina Lauharatanahirun and Aaron Schecter, , "Human preferences toward algorithmic advice in a word association task", Scientific Reports
  • Aaron Schecter, Jess Hohenstein, Lindsay Larson, Alexa Harris, Tsung-Yu Hou, Wen-Ying Lee, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Leslie DeChurch, Noshir Contractor and Malte Jung, , "Vero: An Accessible Method for Studying Human-AI Teamwork", Computers in Human Behavior
  • Alexandra Harris-Watson, Lindsay Larson, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Leslie DeChurch and Noshir Contractor, , "Social perception in Human-AI Teams: Warmth & Competence Predict Receptivity to AI Teammates", Computers in Human Behavior

Conference Proceedings

  • Katia Sycara, Dana Hughes, Huao Li, Michael Lewis and Nina Lauharatanahirun, 2020, "Adaptation in human-autonomy teamwork", pp. 1--4
  • Heather Roy, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Matthew Cieslak, Nick Wasylyshyn, Steven Tompson, Scott Grafton, Javier Garcia and Jean Vettel, 2019, "PERSONALITY AND CHRONOTYPE TRAITS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TASK-SPECIFIC BRAIN NETWORK DYNAMICS", 56, pp. S110--S110
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun, Javier Garcia, Nick Wasylyshyn, Heather Roy, Matthew O'Donnell, Nicole Cooper, Alexandra Paul, Robert Fernandez, Tony Johnson, Jason Metcalfe and others, 2018, "SOCIAL RISK SENSITIVITY IN DECISION MAKING IS LINKED TO SOCIAL NETWORK STRUCTURE AND INTER-BRAIN SIMILARITY", 55, pp. S40--S40
  • Jean M Vettel, Nina Lauharatanahirun, Nick Wasylyshyn, Heather Roy, Robert Fernandez, Nicole Cooper, Alexandra Paul, Matthew Brook O’Donnell, Tony Johnson, Jason Metcalfe and others, 2018, "Translating driving research from simulation to interstate driving with realistic traffic and passenger interactions", pp. 126--138


  • Nina Lauharatanahirun, 2017, "Neuroeconomic Predictors of Adolescent Risky Decision-Making"
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun, 2013, "The Behavioral and Neural Mechanisms of Social and Non-Social Risky Decision-Making"

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

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