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
Beam, Elizabeth, et al. “Mapping the semantic structure of cognitive neuroscience.” J Cogn Neurosci, vol. 26, no. 9, Sept. 2014, pp. 1949–65. Pubmed, doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00604. Full Text Open Access Copy
Smith, David V., et al. “Characterizing individual differences in functional connectivity using dual-regression and seed-based approaches.” Neuroimage, vol. 95, July 2014, pp. 1–12. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.03.042. Full Text
Crozier, Joseph C., et al. “Neural correlates of cognitive and affective processing in maltreated youth with posttraumatic stress symptoms: does gender matter?” Dev Psychopathol, vol. 26, no. 2, May 2014, pp. 491–513. Pubmed, doi:10.1017/S095457941400008X. Full Text
Damiano, Cara R., et al. “Association between the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and mesolimbic responses to rewards.” Mol Autism, vol. 5, no. 1, Jan. 2014, p. 7. Pubmed, doi:10.1186/2040-2392-5-7. Full Text Open Access Copy
Kwak, Youngbin, et al. “Differential reward learning for self and others predicts self-reported altruism.” Plos One, vol. 9, no. 9, 2014, p. e107621. Pubmed, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0107621. Full Text
Stanton, S. J., et al. “Effects of induced moods on economic choices.” Judgment and Decision Making, vol. 9, no. 2, Jan. 2014, pp. 167–75.
Utevsky, Amanda V., et al. “Precuneus is a functional core of the default-mode network.” The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 34, no. 3, Jan. 2014, pp. 932–40. Epmc, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.4227-13.2014. Full Text
Li, Rosa, et al. “Children do not exhibit ambiguity aversion despite intact familiarity bias.” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 5, Jan. 2014, p. 1519. Epmc, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01519. Full Text
Smidts, A., et al. “Advancing consumer neuroscience.” Marketing Letters, 2014.
High Fidelity fMRI awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2004 to 2010
Neuroimaging of Executive Processing awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2009
Neuroimaging Attentional Impairment During Abstinence awarded by National Institutes of Health (Consultant). 2004 to 2009
Neuroimaging of Age Related Cognitive Changes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 1993 to 2008
Funtional Neuroimaging of Executive Processing awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2004
Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Object Processing awarded by National Institutes of Health (PI-Fellow). 2000 to 2002