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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #340
CE Offered: BACB
Decision Neuroscience: Why Bother With the Brain?
Monday, May 29, 2023
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 2/3
Area: SCI; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Suzanne H. Mitchell (Oregon Health & Science University)
CE Instructor: Scott Huettel, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: SCOTT HUETTEL (Duke University)

Over the past decade, there has been increasing interest in applying the methods of neuroscience to problems in decision science. In this talk, I will outline some notable advances in this new interdiscipline of “decision neuroscience”, while also emphasizing some of its theoretical and practical challenges. I will describe recent work from my laboratory that uses evidence from neuroscience to shape thinking about core problems in decision science, drawing examples from diverse phenomena that include economic gain-loss framing, altruistic decisions, and voter choice.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Researchers, practitioners, and students interested in decision making, neuroscience, and/or their intersection.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Understand the key theoretical concepts that underlie decision neuroscience; (2) Describe the challenges raised against the use of neuroscience to study decision making – and identify how current research overcomes those challenges; (3) Explore key brain systems that support decision making; (4) Understand how models inspired by neuroscience provide novel insights into economic and social decision making.
SCOTT HUETTEL (Duke University)
Scott Huettel is Professor of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. 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, where he is a Past-President of the Society for Neuroeconomics. He is an author of more than 170 scientific publications, including articles in Science, Nature Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neuron, Psychological Science, and other top journals in several fields. His research has been featured in CNN, Newsweek, Money Magazine, NPR Science Friday, and many other media outlets. He is lead author on a primary textbook in neuroscience, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and is a co-editor of the textbook Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Huettel has won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Duke University Graduate School, and has been recognized as one of the top 5% of undergraduate instructors at Duke.



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