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

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

Engell, AD, Huettel, S, and McCarthy, G. "The fMRI BOLD signal tracks electrophysiological spectral perturbations, not event-related potentials." Neuroimage 59.3 (February 1, 2012): 2600-2606. Full Text

Paulsen, DJ, Carter, RM, Platt, ML, Huettel, SA, and Brannon, EM. "Neurocognitive development of risk aversion from early childhood to adulthood." FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE 5 (January 3, 2012). Full Text

Venkatraman, V, and Huettel, SA. "Strategic control in decision-making under uncertainty." European Journal of Neuroscience 35.7 (2012): 1075-1082. Full Text

Venkatraman, V, Clithero, JA, Fitzsimons, GJ, and Huettel, SA. "New scanner data for brand marketers: How neuroscience can help better understand differences in brand preferences." Journal of Consumer Psychology 22.1 (2012): 143-153. Full Text

Carter, RM, Bowling, DL, Reeck, C, and Huettel, SA. "A distinct role of the temporal-parietal junction in predicting socially guided decisions." Science 336.6090 (2012): 109-111. Full Text


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