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Ming Hsu
Associate Professor
Research Areas: neuro­economics, consumer neuroscience, behavioral economics
[Curriculum Vitae][Faculty Page]

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Adrianna (Anna) Jenkins: Anna investigates how individuals reason about what is unknown or uncertain, including inferences about others' mental states (theory-of-mind or mentalizing) and predictions about the future (prospection). More generally, Anna is interested in the degree to which human social reasoning relies on processes unique to humans and specialized for social cognition versus on more common, general-purpose mechanisms. Anna received her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2005 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2012.
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Ignacio Saez: I am interested in the biological substrates of decision-making. The ability to choose between competing courses of action is essential for survival. Therefore, it engages multiple brain areas and has been subject to intense evolutionary refinement. I employ diverse techniques to study how the brain computes value, makes a choice and learns from past experience, from functional neuroimaging to intracranial voltammetry in humans.
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Zhihao Zhang: Zhihao is primarily interested in applying insights and methodologies from neuroeconomics to understand marketing and consumer behavior. In particular, he aims at elucidating the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms by which memories about different aspects of past experiences (e.g. of products, services, or social interactions) shape future decisions. Meanwhile, Zhihao also collaborates with Dr. Andrew Kayser at Department of Neurology, UCSF to study molecular influences on strategic reasoning in humans. Zhihao received his B.S. from Tsinghua University in 2010 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2016.
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Gil Sharvit: My primary interest is to better understand human social interactions. By looking into decisions with social context, I examine different factors that are critical to the individual's choice behavior. These include motivations, the anticipation of outcomes, choice valuation and selection, and response to outcomes. In particular, I'm fascinated to know what are the underlying cognitive mechanisms of disclosure behavior, whether the human brain encodes for a dedicated value in those situations, and how can learn to avoid bad decisions (e.g. regretful exposure) when we exchange information with others. I have a Master (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) and a Ph.D. (University of Geneva) degrees in Neuroscience. I am supported by generous funding from Swiss National Fund.

Graduate Students

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Nick Angelides: Nick is a PhD student in the Cognitive Neuroscience group in Psychology. He is interested in the intersection of social and economic decision-making. His research aims to characterize the neural mechanisms underlying competitive and cooperative behavior using machine learning pattern classification methods, and modulating dopamine systems using pharmacological tools. Nick received his B.A. from Rutgers University and M.St. from the University of Oxford.

Rotation Students

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Molly Lapoint: Molly is a first-year graduate student in the Neuroscience Program studying neural correlates of social stereotyping using fMRI for her rotation with the Neuroeconomics Laboratory. She received her B.S. in psychology from Boston College in 2013 and subsequently worked at Massachusetts General Hospital seeking to identify early Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers before coming to Berkeley.


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Weilun Ding: Weilun is primarily interested how neural computations are implemented, especially in the frontal lobe, when economic decisions are made. Through neurophysiology and fMRI, together with computational techniques, he aims to temporally and spatially characterize the neural representations and online communication pattern across brain regions for critical choice-related computations from the choice deliberation to outcome evaluation. He's also trying to get more insights about how the potential neural signature shapes the choice behavior via decoding tools. He received his B.A. from Fudan University and M.Sc. from University of Rochester.
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Max Good: My current research interests are twofold. Broadly speaking, I am interested in (1) value-based decision making as it relates to the pursuit of long-term, health related goals and (2) characterizing the effects of drug use on decision making processes at the behavioral and neuronal level, using fMRI and pharmacological assays. As a lab manager, I look forward to further exploring the full scope of neuroeconomics research and expanding my cache of skills and analysis techniques in preparation for graduate school. I received my B.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon.

Undergraduate Students

Ekaterina Goncharova
Edison Huang
Sofie Maisel
Aniruddha Nrusimha
Seiji Sakiyama
Sonia Salunke