Scott Huettel

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

Lockhead, G. R., and S. A. Huettel. “Isomorphisms and subjective colors.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 22, no. 6, Jan. 1999, pp. 959–60. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0140525X99392219. Full Text

Sandstrom, N. J., et al. “Males and females use different distal cues in a virtual environment navigation task.Brain Research. Cognitive Brain Research, vol. 6, no. 4, Apr. 1998, pp. 351–60. Epmc, doi:10.1016/s0926-6410(98)00002-0. Full Text

Huettel, Scott A., and Gregory R. Lockhead. “A framework for structural constraints on feature creation.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 21, no. 1, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Feb. 1998, pp. 29–29. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0140525x98380103. Full Text