How does the human brain give rise to conscious subjective experiences and how do these processes guide human behavior and decision-making?
To answer this fundamental question, my laboratory uses intracranial measures (e.g., human voltammetry, stereo-EEG, and micro-electrode recordings) as well as noninvasive neuroimaging tools (e.g., fMRI and MEG) to measure brain activity during conscious decision-making in humans. We use behavioral tasks that are constrained by computational considerations borrowing ideas from game theory and artificial intelligence research.
While we are fundamentally interested in basic human brain function as it relates to subjective experience and decision-making we are also very interested in understanding how these process are altered in brain disorders. To this end we collaborate with researchers in Neurology, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Physiology and Pharmacology. Through these collaborations we investigate movement disorders and co-morbid psychiatric conditions, epilepsy, treatment resistant depression, and substance use disorder.
Education Program Involvement
Program Research Interest: Decision-making, Subjective experience, Mood, Depression, Substance Use Disorder, Computational Psychiatry, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroeconomics, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Human Voltammetry (dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine), fMRI, MRI, MEG.
Biomedical Engineering PhD
Program Research Interest: Neuroimaging,Neuro-methods Development: Human Volammetry (dopamine, seoronin, porepiniephrine), fMRI, MRI, MEG
Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology PhD
Program Research Interest: Susbtance Use Disorder, Neuro- and Behavioral Pharmacology, and Computational Psychiatry.