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
Huettel, SA. "Ten challenges for decision neuroscience." Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience (2010). (Academic Article)
Henninger, DE, Madden, D, and Huettel, SA. "Age-Related Cognitive Decline Predicts Changes in Risk Preference." Psychology and Aging 25.2 (2010): 262-270. (Academic Article)
Carter, RM, Meyer, JR, and Huettel, SA. "Functional Neuroimaging of Intertemporal Choice Models: A Review." Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics 3.1 (2010): 27-45. Full Text
Wang, L, Mullette-Gillman, OA, Gadde, KM, Kuhn, CM, McCarthy, G, and Huettel, SA. "The effect of acute tryptophan depletion on emotional distraction and subsequent memory." Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 4.4 (December 2009): 357-368. Full Text
Venkatraman, V, Payne, JW, Bettman, JR, Luce, MF, and Huettel, SA. "Separate neural mechanisms underlie choices and strategic preferences in risky decision making." Neuron 62.4 (May 28, 2009): 593-602. Full Text
Dubé, L, Bechara, A, Böckenholt, U, Ansari, A, Dagher, A, Daniel, M, DeSarbo, W, Fellows, L, Hammond, R, Huang, T, Huettel, S, Kestens, Y, Knäuper, B, Kooreman, P, Moore, D, and Smidts, A. "Towards a brain-to-society systems model of individual choice." Marketing Letters 20.1 (March 2009): 105-106.
Madden, DJ, Spaniol, J, Costello, MC, Bucur, B, White, LE, Cabeza, R, Davis, SW, Dennis, NA, Provenzale, JM, and Huettel, SA. "Cerebral white matter integrity mediates adult age differences in cognitive performance." J Cogn Neurosci 21.2 (February 2009): 289-302. Full Text