The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Kendra L. Seaman

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Learning, motivation, and decision making across the adult life span

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3783
Office: VP_8.21
Campus Mail Code: VP10
Website: Aging Well Lab


Dr. Kendra Seaman’s research is dedicated to using basic and translational scientific research studies to promote health and wellbeing across adulthood. Her lab uses a variety of behavioral, modeling and neuroimaging techniques to better understand how the mind and the brain change as people get older. Dr. Seaman completed her BA in psychology and biology at the University of Kansas before joining Teach For America. After teaching in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC, she completed a master’s and PhD at The Catholic University of America. She completed a postdoc in the Motivated Cognition and Aging Brain Lab with Gregory Samanez-Larkin (at Yale and Duke Universities) before joining the faculty at UT Dallas in 2019.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Seaman, KL, Juarez, EJ, Smith, CT, Dang, LC, Castrellon, JJ, Burgess, L, San Juan, MD, Kundzicz, PM, Cowan, RL, Zald, DH, Samanez-Larkin, GR. (2019) Differential regional decline in dopamine receptor availability across adulthood: Linear and nonlinear effects of age. Human Brain Mapping.

Castrellon, JJ, Seaman, KL, McAllister, GA, Crawford, JL, Young, JS, Smith, CT, Dang, LC, Hsu, M, Morris, ED, Cowan, RL, Zald, DH, & Samanez-Larkin, GR. (2018) Individual differences in dopamine are associated with reward discounting in clinical groups but not in healthy adults. The Journal of Neuroscience.

Seaman, K.L., Brooks, N., Karrer, T.M., Dang, L., Hsu, M., Zald, D.H., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2018) Neural subjective value representations across age and discount factors: Time delay, physical effort, and probability discounting. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 13, 449-459.

Seaman, K.L., Leong, J., Wu, C.C., Knutson, B., Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2017). Individual differences in skewed financial risk taking across the adult life span. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 17, 1232-1241

Seaman, K.L., Gorlick, M.A., Vekaria, K.M., Hsu, M., Zald, D.H., & Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2016) Adult age differences in decision making across domains: Increased discounting of social and health-related rewards. Psychology and Aging, 31, 737-746.