Scholz, C., Chan, H.Y., Poldrack, R.A., de Ridder, D.T.D., Smidts, A., van der Laan, L.N. (in press), Can we have a second helping? A preregistered direct replication study on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying self-control. Human Brain Mapping

Wang, X., Scholz, C., Falk, E. B., & Lydon-Staley, D. M. (in press). Neuroimaging. In E. Ho, C. Bylund, J. van Weert, I. Basnyat, N. Bol, & M. Dean (Eds.), International encyclopedia of health communication. Wiley-Blackwell. PDF

Meijers, M. H., Scholz, C., Torfadóttir, R., Wonneberger, A., & Markov, M. (2022). Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic to combat climate change: comparing drivers of individual action in global crises. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences12(2), 272-282.





Baek, E.C., O’Donnel, M.B., Scholz, C., Pei, R., Garcia, J.O., Vettel, J.M., Falk, E.B. (2021). Activity in the brain’s valuation and metnalizing networks is associated with propagation of online recommendations. Scientific Reports 11(1), 1-11. PDF

Chan, H.-Y., Scholz, C., Baek, E., O’Donnell, M. B., & Falk, E. (2021). Being the gatekeeper: How thinking about sharing affects neural encoding of information. Cerebral Cortex. PDF


Doré, B., Scholz, C., Baek, E.C., Falk, E.B. (2020). Health news sharing is reflected in distributed reward-related brain activity. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 15(10), 1111-1119. DOI:, PDFSupplementary materials

Huskey, R., Bue, A.C., Eden, A., Grall, C., Meshi, D., Prena, K., Schmälzle, R., Scholz, C., Turner, B.O., Wilcox, S. (Authors in alphabetical order after first author; 2020). Marr’s Tri-Level Framework Integrates Communication Science Across Disciplinary Subfield. Journal of Communication, 70(3), 35-378. DOI:

Hendriks, H., Scholz, C., Larsen, H., de Bruijn, G., van den Putte, S.B. (2020). Intervening through conversations: How instructions influence conversational valence and binge drinking determinants. Health Communication.

Scholz, C., Baek, E.C., Jovanova, M., Falk, E.B. (2020). Media Content Sharing as a Value-Based Decision. Current Opinion in Psychology, 31, 83-88. DOI:, PDF

Scholz, C., Baek, E. C., O’Donnell, M. B., & Falk, E. B. (2020). Decision-making about broad- and narrowcasting: A Neuroscientific Perspective, Media Psychology, 23(1), 131-155. DOI:,
Data and code available online:, PDF

Baek, E.C., Scholz, C. Falk, E.B. (2020). The neuroscience of information propagation: Key role of the mentalizing system. In: Floyd, K. & Weber, R. (Eds.) Handbook of Communication Science and Biology. New York, NY: Routledge. PDF

Scholz, C., Falk, E. B. (2020). The neuroscience of information sharing. In S. Gonzalez-Bailon, B. Foucault Welles. (Eds.) Handbook of Communication in the Networked Age. Oxford University Press. PDF


Scholz, C., Doré, B. P., Cooper, N., Falk, E. B. (2019). Neural Valuation of Anti-Drinking Campaigns and Risky Peer Influence in Daily Life. Health Psychology 38(7), 658-667. DOI:, PDF, Supplementary Materials

Doré, B. P., Cooper, N., Scholz, C., O’Donnell, M. B., Falk, E. B. (2019). Cognitive regulation of ventromedial prefrontal activity evokes lasting change in the perceived self-relevance of persuasive messaging. Human Brain Mapping, 40(9), 2571-2580., PDF, Supplementary Materials

Doré, B., Scholz, C., Baek, E. C., O’Donnell, M. B., & Falk, E. B. (2019). Brain Activity Tracks Population Information Sharing by Capturing Consensus Judgments of Value. Cerebral Cortex. 29(7), 3102-2110,, PDF


Kang, Y., Cooper N., Pandey, P., Scholz, C., O’Donnell M. B., Lieberman M. D., Taylor, S. E., Strecher V. J., Dal Cin S., Konrath, S., Polk, T. A., Resnicow, K., An L., Falk, E.B. (2018). Effects of Self-Transcendence on Neural Responses to Persuasive Messages and Health Behavior Change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(40), 9974-9979. DOI:, PDF

Falk, E. B., Scholz, C. (2018). Persuasion, Influence, and Value: Perspectives from Communication and Social Neuroscience. Annual Review of Psychology. DOI:, PDF


Scholz, C.*, Baek, E. C.*, O’Donnell, M. B., Kim, H. S., Cappella, J. N., & Falk, E. B. (2017). A neural model of valuation and information virality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, DOI: 1073/pnas.1615259114, PDF, Supplementary Materials
Data and code available online:

Baek, E. C.*, Scholz, C.*, O’Donnell, M. B., & Falk, E. B. (2017). The value of sharing information: A neural account of information transmission. Psychological Science, PDF, Supplementary Materials
Data and code available online:

*shared first authors


Cascio, C. N., Scholz, C., & Falk, E. B. (2015). Social influence and the brain: persuasion, susceptibility to influence and retransmission. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences3, 51-57. DOI: 1016/j.cobeha.2015.01.007, PDF


Bol, N., Scholz, C., Smets, E. M., Loos, E. F., de Haes, H. C., & van Weert, J. C. (2013). Senior Patients Online: Which Functions Should a Good Patient Website Offer?. In C. Stephanidis, M. Antona (Eds.) Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. User and Context Diversity. UAHCI 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8010. Berlin: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-39191-0_4