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

De Bellis, Michael D., et al. “Neural mechanisms of risky decision-making and reward response in adolescent onset cannabis use disorder.Drug Alcohol Depend, vol. 133, no. 1, Nov. 2013, pp. 134–45. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.05.020. Full Text

Ruff, C. C., and S. A. Huettel. Experimental Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience. Sept. 2013, pp. 77–108. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-416008-8.00006-1. Full Text

Winecoff, Amy, et al. “Ventromedial prefrontal cortex encodes emotional value.J Neurosci, vol. 33, no. 27, July 2013, pp. 11032–39. Pubmed, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4317-12.2013. Full Text

Carter, R. McKell, and Scott A. Huettel. “A nexus model of the temporal-parietal junction.Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 17, no. 7, July 2013, pp. 328–36. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.tics.2013.05.007. Full Text

Libedinsky, Camilo, et al. “Sleep deprivation alters effort discounting but not delay discounting of monetary rewards.Sleep, vol. 36, no. 6, June 2013, pp. 899–904. Epmc, doi:10.5665/sleep.2720. Full Text

San Martín, René, et al. “Rapid brain responses independently predict gain maximization and loss minimization during economic decision making.J Neurosci, vol. 33, no. 16, Apr. 2013, pp. 7011–19. Pubmed, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4242-12.2013. Full Text Open Access Copy

Camerer, Colin, et al. “Correspondence Are Cognitive Functions Localizable?Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 27, no. 2, AMER ECONOMIC ASSOC, Mar. 2013, pp. 247–50.

Carter, R. McKell, and Scott A. Huettel. “Learning from silver linings.Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol. 7, Jan. 2013, p. 80. Epmc, doi:10.3389/fnins.2013.00080. Full Text

Levallois, Clement, et al. “Translating upwards: linking the neural and social sciences via neuroeconomics.Nature Reviews. Neuroscience, vol. 13, no. 11, Nov. 2012, pp. 789–97. Epmc, doi:10.1038/nrn3354. Full Text

Huettel, Scott A. “Event-related fMRI in cognition.Neuroimage, vol. 62, no. 2, Aug. 2012, pp. 1152–56. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.08.113. Full Text