Economic decision-making involves 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. The goals of our research involves characterizing the underlying neural systems as well as molecular and genetic mechanisms.
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Siyana Hristova has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) summer award. She will be working on neuroimaging investigations of the interaction of memory and valuation processes in decision-making.
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

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Samira Maboudian has been awarded the SRNDNA Summer Undergraduate Research Award. She will be studying novel ways to quantify memory deficits due to neurodegeneration and how these deficits affect economic decision-making.
Our paper on dissociating BG and OFC functioning in social decision-making, in collaboration with lab alum Lusha Zhu and the Knight lab, is now out at Nature Communication.
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Zhu, Lusha, Yaomin Jiang, Donatella Scabini, Robert T. Knight, and Ming Hsu. 2019. “Patients with Basal Ganglia Damage Show Preserved Learning in an Economic Game.” Nature Communications. [Link]