Michael Sayette, Ph.D.


4303 Sennott Square






Research Interests

Psychological theories of alcohol use and abuse. Cigarette craving.


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Accepting Graduate Students: Yes


Graduate Student Advisees

  • Bowdring, Molly
  • Dimoff, John
  • Martin, Lea


  • PhD, Rutgers-The State University


  • Fellow: American Psychological Association
  • Fellow: Association for Psychological Science
  • Distinguished Lecturer, German-American Academic Council (1999)


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    Dimoff, J.D. & Sayette, M.A. (2017).  The case for investigating social context in laboratory studies of smoking.  Addiction, 112, 388-395.

  • Sayette publ 3

    Fairbairn, C. E., Sayette, M. A. (2014).  A social-attributional analysis of alcohol response. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1361-1382.

  • Sayette publ 4

    Fairbairn, C.E. & Sayette, M.A, Aalen, O.O., & Frigessi, A. (2015). Alcohol and emotional contagion: An examination of the spreading of smiles in male and female drinking groups. Clinical Psychological Science, 3, 686-701.

  • Sayette publ 5

    Sayette, M.A. (2016). The role of craving in substance use disorders: Theoretical and methodological issues.  Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 12, 407-433.

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    Sayette, M.A. (2017). The effects of alcohol on emotion in social drinkers.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 88, 76-89.

  • Sayette publ 6

    Sayette, M. A., Creswell, K. G., Dimoff, J. D., Fairbairn, C. E., Cohn, J. F., Heckman, B. W., et al. (2012). Alcohol and group formation: A multimodal investigation of the effects of alcohol on emotion and social bonding. Psychological Science, 23

  • Sayette publ 7

    Sayette, M.A., Loewenstein, G., Griffin, K.M., & Black, J. (2008). Exploring the cold-to-hot empathy gap in smokers. Psychological Science, 19, 926-932.

  • Publication 509

    Sayette, M.A., Reichle, E.D., & Schooler, J.W. (2009). Lost in the sauce: The effects of alcohol on mind-wandering. Psychological Science, 20, 747-752.

  • Publication 187

    Sayette, M.A., Shiffman, S., Tiffany, S.T., Niaura, R.S., Martin, C.S., & Shadel, W.G. (2000). The measurement of drug craving. Addiction, 95, S189-S210.

  • Sayette publ 10

    Sayette, M.A. & Tiffany, S.T. (2013). Peak-provoked craving: An alternative to smoking cue reactivity. Addiction, 108, 1019-1025.

  • Sayette publ 11

    Wilson, S. J., Sayette, M.A., & Fiez, J.A. (2012). Quitting-unmotivated and quitting-motivated cigarette smokers exhibit different patterns of cue-elicited brain activation when anticipating an opportunity to smoke. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 198-211. DOI: 10.1037/a0025112.

  • Publication 418

    Wilson, S.J., Sayette, M.A. & Fiez, J.A. (2004). Prefrontal responses to drug cues: A Neurocognitive analysis. Nature Neuroscience, 7, 211-214.