Scott Huettel

Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Chair

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1999

Overview

Research in my laboratory investigates the brain mechanisms underlying economic and social decision making; collectively, this research falls into the field of “decision neuroscience” or "neuroeconomics". My laboratory uses fMRI to probe brain function, behavioral assays to characterize individual differences, and other physiological methods (e.g., eye tracking, pharmacological manipulation, genetics) to link brain and behavior. Concurrent with research on basic processes, my laboratory has also investigated the application of new analysis methods for fMRI data, including functional connectivity analyses, pattern classification analyses, and combinatoric multivariate approaches. We have also been applying computational methods to problems in behavioral economics and consumer decision making.  

I have also been very active in outreach, mentorship, and educational activities; as examples, I am lead author on the textbook Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Sinauer Associates; 3rd edition in 2014), I teach courses on Decision Neuroscience and Neuroethics, and many of my postdoctoral and graduate trainees (12 as of 2015) lead research laboratories of their own.

Expertise

Decision making, neuroeconomics, behavioral economics, social cognition, executive function, fMRI

Venkatraman, V, Payne, JW, and Huettel, SA. "An overall probability of winning heuristic for complex risky decisions: Choice and eye fixation evidence." Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 125.2 (November 1, 2014): 73-87. Full Text

Venkatraman, V, Payne, JW, and Huettel, SA. "An overall probability of winning heuristic for complex risky decisions: Choice and eye fixation evidence." Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 125.2 (November 2014): 73-87. Full Text

Lighthall, NR, Huettel, SA, and Cabeza, R. "Functional compensation in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex improves memory-dependent decisions in older adults." The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience 34.47 (November 2014): 15648-15657. Full Text

Murty, VP, Shermohammed, M, Smith, DV, Carter, RM, Huettel, SA, and Adcock, RA. "Resting state networks distinguish human ventral tegmental area from substantia nigra." NeuroImage 100 (October 2014): 580-589. Full Text

Beam, E, Appelbaum, LG, Jack, J, Moody, J, and Huettel, SA. "Mapping the semantic structure of cognitive neuroscience." Journal of cognitive neuroscience 26.9 (September 2014): 1949-1965. Full Text Open Access Copy

Smidts, A, Hsu, M, Sanfey, AG, Boksem, MAS, Ebstein, RB, Huettel, SA, Kable, JW, Karmarkar, UR, Kitayama, S, Knutson, B, Liberzon, I, Lohrenz, T, Stallen, M, and Yoon, C. "Advancing consumer neuroscience." Marketing Letters 25.3 (September 2014): 257-267. Full Text

Smith, DV, Utevsky, AV, Bland, AR, Clement, N, Clithero, JA, Harsch, AEW, McKell Carter, R, and Huettel, SA. "Characterizing individual differences in functional connectivity using dual-regression and seed-based approaches." NeuroImage 95 (July 2014): 1-12. Full Text

Crozier, JC, Wang, L, Huettel, SA, and De Bellis, MD. "Neural correlates of cognitive and affective processing in maltreated youth with posttraumatic stress symptoms: does gender matter?." Development and psychopathology 26.2 (May 2014): 491-513. Full Text

Damiano, CR, Aloi, J, Dunlap, K, Burrus, CJ, Mosner, MG, Kozink, RV, McLaurin, RE, Mullette-Gillman, OA, Carter, RM, Huettel, SA, McClernon, FJ, Ashley-Koch, A, and Dichter, GS. "Association between the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and mesolimbic responses to rewards." Molecular autism 5.1 (January 31, 2014): 7-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kwak, Y, Pearson, J, and Huettel, SA. "Differential reward learning for self and others predicts self-reported altruism." PloS one 9.9 (January 2014): e107621-. Full Text

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Neurocognitive Impact of Marijuana Use in Patients with HIV/AIDS awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2013 to 2015

Neurobehavioral and fMRI Research in HIV Infection and Cocaine Dependence awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2010 to 2015

Social Threat and Aging: Neural Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2015

Behavior And Physiology In Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1999 to 2015

Increasing Empathy to Improve Mental Health awarded by University of California - Los Angeles (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Anhedonia, Aging, and the Neural Correlates of Attentional Control in Depression awarded by National Institutes of Health (Consultant). 2010 to 2015

Understanding Information Processing During Consumer Choice awarded by Red Ventures (Principal Investigator). 2014

Prefrontal Function in Adolescent Limited vs Life Course Persistent SUD awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2008 to 2014

Neural Mechanisms of Social Reward Valuation and Decision Making awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2014

Brain Imaging the Effects of High Sensation Value Anti-Drug PSAs awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2013

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