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
Venkatraman, V, and Huettel, SA. "Strategic control in decision-making under uncertainty." European Journal of Neuroscience 35.7 (2012): 1075-1082. Full Text
Clithero, JA, Reeck, C, Mckell Carter, R, Smith, DV, and Huettel, SA. "Nucleus accumbens mediates relative motivation for rewards in the absence of choice." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience AUGUST (August 2011). Full Text
Ballard, IC, Murty, VP, Carter, RM, MacInnes, JJ, Huettel, SA, and Adcock, RA. "Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex drives mesolimbic dopaminergic regions to initiate motivated behavior." J Neurosci 31.28 (July 13, 2011): 10340-10346. Full Text
Stanton, SJ, Mullette-Gillman, OA, McLaurin, RE, Kuhn, CM, LaBar, KS, Platt, ML, and Huettel, SA. "Low- and high-testosterone individuals exhibit decreased aversion to economic risk." Psychol Sci 22.4 (April 2011): 447-453. Full Text
Winecoff, A, Labar, KS, Madden, DJ, Cabeza, R, and Huettel, SA. "Cognitive and neural contributors to emotion regulation in aging." Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 6.2 (April 2011): 165-176. Full Text
Venkatraman, V, Huettel, SA, Chuah, LYM, Payne, JW, and Chee, MWL. "Sleep deprivation biases the neural mechanisms underlying economic preferences." J Neurosci 31.10 (March 9, 2011): 3712-3718. Full Text
Clithero, JA, Reeck, C, Mckell Carter, R, Smith, DV, and Huettel, SA. "Nucleus accumbens mediates relative motivation for rewards in the absence of choice." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience AUGUST (January 1, 2011). Full Text
Clithero, JA, Smith, DV, Carter, RM, and Huettel, SA. "Within- and cross-participant classifiers reveal different neural coding of information." NeuroImage 56.2 (2011): 699-708. Full Text
Raposo, A, Vicens, L, Clithero, JA, Dobbins, IG, and Huettel, SA. "Contributions of frontopolar cortex to judgments about self, others and relations." Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 6.3 (2011): 260-269. Full Text
Taren, AA, Venkatraman, V, and Huettel, SA. "A parallel functional topography between medial and lateral prefrontal cortex: Evidence and implications for cognitive control." Journal of Neuroscience 31.13 (2011): 5026-5031. Full Text