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, S, Singerman, J, and McCarthy, G. "Effects of aging on the refractory period of the fMRI hemodynamic response." Neuroimage 11.5 (January 1, 2000): S644-null. Full Text
Huettel, SA, and McCarthy, G. "Evidence for a refractory period in the hemodynamic response to visual stimuli as measured by MRI." NeuroImage 11.5 I (2000): 547-553. Full Text
Huettel, SA, and Lockhead, GR. "Range effects of an irrelevant dimension on classification." Percept Psychophys 61.8 (November 1999): 1624-1645.
Sandstrom, NJ, Kaufman, J, and Huettel, SA. "Males and females use different distal cues in a virtual environment navigation task." Brain Research. Cognitive Brain Research 6.4 (April 1998): 351-360. Full Text
Huettel, SA, and Lockhead, GR. "A framework for structural constraints on feature creation." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21.1 (February 1998): 29-29. Full Text