Scott Huettel

Scott Huettel

Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience 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, and Huettel, S. "The order of information processing alters economic gain-loss framing effects." Acta Psychologica 182 (January 2018): 46-54. Full Text

Sweitzer, MM, Watson, KK, Erwin, SR, Winecoff, AA, Datta, N, Huettel, S, Platt, ML, and Zucker, NL. "Neurobiology of social reward valuation in adults with a history of anorexia nervosa." Plos One 13.12 (January 2018): e0205085-null. Full Text

Stanton, SJ, Sinnott-Armstrong, W, and Huettel, SA. "Neuromarketing: Ethical Implications of its Use and Potential Misuse." Journal of Business Ethics 144.4 (September 1, 2017): 799-811. Full Text

Meade, CS, Hobkirk, AL, Towe, SL, Chen, N-K, Bell, RP, and Huettel, SA. "Cocaine dependence modulates the effect of HIV infection on brain activation during intertemporal decision making." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 178 (September 2017): 443-451. Full Text

Utevsky, AV, Smith, DV, Young, JS, and Huettel, SA. "Large-Scale Network Coupling with the Fusiform Cortex Facilitates Future Social Motivation." Eneuro 4.5 (September 2017). Full Text

Kelly, M, Ngo, L, Chituc, V, Huettel, S, and Sinnott-Armstrong, W. "Moral conformity in online interactions: rational justifications increase influence of peer opinions on moral judgments." Social Influence 12.2-3 (July 3, 2017): 57-68. Full Text

Li, R, Roberts, RC, Huettel, SA, and Brannon, EM. "Five-year-olds do not show ambiguity aversion in a risk and ambiguity task with physical objects." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 159 (July 1, 2017): 319-326. (Academic Article) Full Text

Li, R, Roberts, RC, Huettel, SA, and Brannon, EM. "Five-year-olds do not show ambiguity aversion in a risk and ambiguity task with physical objects." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 159 (July 2017): 319-326. Full Text

Cordero, DM, Towe, SL, Chen, N-K, Robertson, KR, Madden, DJ, Huettel, SA, and Meade, CS. "Cocaine dependence does not contribute substantially to white matter abnormalities in HIV infection." Journal of neurovirology 23.3 (June 2017): 441-450. Full Text

Li, R, Smith, DV, Clithero, JA, Venkatraman, V, Carter, RM, and Huettel, SA. "Reason's Enemy Is Not Emotion: Engagement of Cognitive Control Networks Explains Biases in Gain/Loss Framing." The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience 37.13 (March 6, 2017): 3588-3598. Full Text

Pages

Madden, DJ, Whiting, WL, and Huettel, SA. "Age-related changes in neural activity during visual perception and attention." Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging: Linking cognitive and cerebral aging. May 1, 2005. Full Text

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Selected Grants

Social Influences on Financial Decision Making awarded by National Endowment for Financial Education (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019

Basic predoctoral training in neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 1992 to 2018

Acute and chronic nicotine modulation of reinforcement learning awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2013 to 2017

NeuroAIDS research with disadvantaged drug users awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Sponsor). 2014 to 2017

Vulnerability to Drug Abuse:Pathways to Recovery awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 1997 to 2017

Engagement of Social-Cognitive Networks During Game Play in Autism awarded by Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Understanding Social Influences on the Development of Risky Choice awarded by National Center for Responsible Gaming (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016

Effects of Cocaine and HIV Decision Making Involving Potential Loss awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2013 to 2016

Neural Substrates Associated with Executive Functioning in Marijuana and HIV awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Training in Fundamental &Translational Neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 2005 to 2016

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