Scott Huettel

Scott Huettel

Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Chair

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1999


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.


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

Ruff, CC, and Huettel, SA. "Experimental Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience." (September 1, 2013): 77-108. (Chapter) Full Text

Winecoff, A, Clithero, JA, Carter, RM, Bergman, SR, Wang, L, and Huettel, SA. "Ventromedial prefrontal cortex encodes emotional value." J Neurosci 33.27 (July 3, 2013): 11032-11039. Full Text

Libedinsky, C, Massar, SAA, Ling, A, Chee, W, Huettel, SA, and Chee, MWL. "Sleep deprivation alters effort discounting but not delay discounting of monetary rewards. (Published online)" Sleep 36.6 (June 1, 2013): 899-904. Full Text

San Martín, R, Appelbaum, LG, Pearson, JM, Huettel, SA, and Woldorff, MG. "Rapid brain responses independently predict gain maximization and loss minimization during economic decision making." J Neurosci 33.16 (April 17, 2013): 7011-7019. Full Text Open Access Copy

Camerer, C, Smith, A, Kuhnen, CM, Wargo, DT, Samanez-Larkin, G, Montague, R, Levy, DJ, Smith, D, Meshi, D, Kenning, PH, Clithero, J, Weber, B, Hare, T, Huettel, S, Josephson, C, d'Acremont, M, Knoch, D, Krajbich, I, De Martino, B, Mohr, PNC, Barton, J, Halko, M-L, Chick, CF, Gianotti, L, and Heekeren, HR. "Correspondence Are Cognitive Functions Localizable?." JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES 27.2 (2013): 247-250.

Carter, RM, and Huettel, SA. "Learning from silver linings. (Published online)" Front Neurosci 7 (2013): 80-. Full Text

Carter, RM, and Huettel, SA. "A nexus model of the temporal-parietal junction." Trends in Cognitive Sciences (2013). Full Text

Carter, RM, and Huettel, SA. "A nexus model of the temporal-parietal junction." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17.7 (2013): 328-336. Full Text

Bellis, MDD, Wang, L, Bergman, SR, Yaxley, RH, Hooper, SR, and Huettel, SA. "Neural mechanisms of risky decision-making and reward response in adolescent onset cannabis use disorder." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 133.1 (2013): 134-145. Full Text

Huettel, SA, and Kranton, RE. "Identity economics and the brain: uncovering the mechanisms of social conflict." Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367.1589 (March 5, 2012): 680-691. (Review) Full Text


Selected Grants

Neuroimaging of Age Related Cognitive Changes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 1993 to 2008

Funtional Neuroimaging of Executive Processing awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2004

Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Object Processing awarded by National Institutes of Health (PI-Fellow). 2000 to 2002