Scott Huettel

Scott Huettel

Bass Fellow 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

Kwak, Y, Payne, JW, Cohen, AL, and Huettel, SA. "The Rational Adolescent: Strategic Information Processing during Decision Making Revealed by Eye Tracking." Cognitive development 36 (October 2015): 20-30. Full Text Open Access Copy

Knutson, B, and Huettel, SA. "The risk matrix." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 5 (October 2015): 141-146. Full Text

Plassmann, H, Venkatraman, V, Huettel, S, and Yoon, C. "Consumer Neuroscience: Applications, Challenges, and Possible Solutions." Journal of Marketing Research 52.4 (August 2015): 427-435. Full Text

Young, JS, Smith, DV, Coutlee, CG, and Huettel, SA. "Synchrony between sensory and cognitive networks is associated with subclinical variation in autistic traits." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9 (March 23, 2015). Full Text Open Access Copy

Smith, DV, Clithero, JA, Boltuck, SE, and Huettel, SA. "Functional connectivity with ventromedial prefrontal cortex reflects subjective value for social rewards." Social cognitive and affective neuroscience 9.12 (December 2014): 2017-2025. 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 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

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Selected Grants

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

Neurogenetic Model of Social Behavior Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2012

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