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Geoffrey  Potts

Geoffrey Potts

Geoffrey Potts
Associate Professor


Office: PCD 4103
Phone: 813/974-1085



University of Oregon: BA 1989 (Psychology), Ph.D. 1994 (Cognitive Psychology)


Ph.D. Area: CNS Program


Executive systems and their involvement in personality and mental illness; Event-related potentials

Research Synopsis

The brain’s information processing capacity is a limited resource. Allocating a limited-capacity resource is an economic problem. My research uses human event-related potentials to study how neural motivation systems, particularly the reward system, use economic principles, e.g. expected value, to optimize information processing. We also study how motivation system biases may be related to personality and how system dysfunction may be associated with mental illness.

Specialty Area

CNS (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
90195EXP 4204C003Perception
For course descriptions, please


SOC 150

87025PSY 4913037Directed Study
Permit Required, S-U Only

TBA 100

95072PSY 4931022The Nature of Emotion
Meets with EXP 7099


PCD 2124

85076PSY 6917022Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100

84882PSY 6971025Thesis: Master's
Majors Only

TBA 100

92813EXP 7099015The Nature of Emotion
Majors Only Meets with PSY 4931


PCD 2124

84969PSY 7918027Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100

84894PSY 7980026Dissertation: Doctoral
Adm to Doc Candidacy Required. Majors Only.

TBA 100

Recent Publications

Webber, TA*, Soder, HE*, Potts, GF, Park, JY, Bornovalova, MA (in press). Neural Outcome Processing of Peer-Influenced Risk-Taking Behavior in Late Adolescence: Preliminary Evidence for Gene × Environment Interactions. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Johnson, PL*, Potts, GF, Sanchez-Ramos, J, Cimino, CR (in press). Self-reported impulsivity in Huntington’s disease patients and relationship to executive dysfunction and reward responsiveness. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Soder, HE*, de Dios, C*, Potts, GF (2016). The Role of the Neural Reward System in Attention Selection. Neuroreport, 27(10), 787-80.

Bedwell, J.S., Potts, G.F., Gooding, D.C., Trachik, B.J., Chan, C.C., & Spencer, C.C. (2016). Transdiagnostic psychiatric symptoms and event-related potentials following rewarding and aversive outcomes. PLOS ONE, 11(6): e0157084,

Kamp, SM*, Potts, GF, Donchin, E (2015). On the Role of Distinctiveness and Semantic Expectancies in Episodic Encoding of Emotional Words. Psychophysiology, 52(12), 1599-1609.

Potts, GF, Litvin, EB*, Drobes, DJ, Evans, DE (2014). Neural Reward and Punishment Sensitivity in Cigarette Smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144, 245–253.

Litvin, EB*, Potts, GF, Evans, DE, Drobes, DJ (2013). Cue Reactivity in Smokers: An Event-Related Potential Study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 90(2),258-64.

Potts, GF (2011). Impact of Reward and Punishment Motivation on Behavior Monitoring as Indexed by the Error Related Negativity. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 81, 324-331.

Martin, LE*, Potts, GF (2011). Medial Frontal Event Related Potentials and Neural Reward Prediction: Do Responses Matter? Brain & Cognition, 7, 128-134.

Potts, GF, Martin, LE*, Kamp, SM*, Donchin, E (2011). Neural Response to Action and Reward Prediction Errors: Comparing the Error Related Negativity to Behavioral Errors and the Feedback Related Negativity to Reward Prediction Violations. Psychophysiology, 48(2), 218-228.