Recent News

Review paper on culture and genes accepted at Current Opinions in Psychology.
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Haas Now profiles our lab research, and its potential implications for business.
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Join us in the Neuroscience in Business Schools (NiB) Group.
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Welcome to new lab members Nick Angelides and Paul Krueger.
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Ming Hsu given early career award at the latest Society for Neuroeconomics meeting.
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RESEARCH TOPICS

CONSUMER CHOICE

We are all consumers in one way or another. This involves making choices, ranging from weighty ones such as purchasing a home to routine ones such as grocery shopping. An understanding of the biological basis of consumer choice is important not only scientifically, but also clinically due to disruptions of decision-making processes in neuropsychiatric disorders. In our lab, we study these questions by combining ideas and tools from neuroscience, economics, psychology, and marketing.
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SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

We study social decision-making through the lens of game theory, which captures an important class of competitive and cooperative social behavior. Social behavior is often disrupted in disorders such as schizophrenia and frontotemporal dementia. The goals of our research involves characterizing the underlying neural systems as well as molecular and genetic mechanisms.
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EMPIRICAL APPROACH

NEURAL CIRCUITS

A primary goal of our lab is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying choice behavior. We use functional MRI to characterize the neural correlates of putative computational variables driving behavior, as well as testing causal mechanisms using focal lesion studies.

This work is conducted in collaboration with the Knight Lab at University of California, Berkeley.

COMPUTATIONAL MODELING

The common underpinning of our empirical approach is a set of computational models developed out of behavioral economics and computational neuroscience. By providing a mechanistic account of choice behavior, these models provide for rigorous, quantitative predictions that can be tested across behavioral, neural, and genetic levels.

GENES & MOLECULES

Genes exert their effects on behavior through their effects on the brain. By identifying how genomic variation modifies circuits of neurons and the molecular pathways, we are seeking a better understanding of the neurogenetics of choice behavior.

This work is conducted in collaboration with the B2ESS Lab at the National University of Singapore, and the Kayser Lab at University of California, San Francisco.