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About Jason R. Themanson, Ph.D

My research is generally focused in two related areas. In one area, I am interested in understanding self-regulatory cognitive processing and the events or circumstances that lead to the engagement or modification of self-regulation during task execution. More specifically, I am interested in the influences of situational and motivational factors on both one's ability to correctly engage in a cognitive task and one's patterns of neural activation present during the task.

In my other area of research, I am interested in examining patterns of neural activation that are present during ongoing dynamic social interactions. This not only gives a real-time indication of the ever-shifting attentional and processing needs of social interactions, but when combined with the well-established neuroscience literature on cognitive task execution, it also allows for comparisons between the neural processes needed to successfully navigate tasks from different domains. Additionally, this area of research allows for a more complete understanding of how differences among social interactions can lead to substantial shifts in both a person's processing of interactions as well as a person's behavior following interactions.


2014 - Present Chair, Department of Psychology, Illinois Wesleyan University
2007 - Present Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Junior Faculty Leave, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2010
  • T. K. Cureton Physical Fitness Research Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
  • National Institute of Mental Health, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31), 2006-2007
  • Named to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students (each semester). Outstanding Rating (top 10%): fall 2003, spring 2004, fall 2004, fall 2005, spring 2006
  • Bronze Tablet (top 3% of graduating class), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997


  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Advanced Human Neuroscience

Contact Information

Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
(309) 556-3109


Articles (15)

Contributions to Books (2)

Posters (5)

Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research (16)