This seminar will be held in the Neurological Institute of New York's Auditorium (1st floor). Columbia University's Intercampus Shuttle Service is the best way to travel between campuses.
Both behavioral economic research and neuroeconomic research have led to major advances in our understanding of behavior and brain, respectively. Many phenomena (e.g., temporal discounting) have been studied across multiple levels of analysis (e.g., brain function, individual choices in laboratories, real-world population decisions), raising the possibility of models that can integrate findings across those levels. Dr. Huettel's talk will consider the challenge of integrating neuroscience into models of decision-making behavior — both theoretically and practically — using examples from his laboratory’s recent work on economic and social decisions.
Scott Huettel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurobiology. His research uses a combination of behavioral, physiological, and neuroscience techniques to discover the neural mechanisms that underlie higher cognition, with a focus on economic and social decision making. Much of his research — which includes collaborations with neuroscientists, psychologists, behavioral economists, and business and medical faculty — falls within the emerging interdiscipline of neuroeconomics.
The Columbia Neuroscience Seminar series is a collaborative effort of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, the Department of Neuroscience, the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior and the Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative, and with support from the Kavli Institute for Brain Science.