Scott Huettel

Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Bass Fellow
Professor of Neurobiology
Senior Advisor to the Director of the Center for Brain Imaging and Analysis
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center
Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging
Campus mail: B243e LSRC, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-5286
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Research in my laboratory investigates the brain mechanisms underlying economic and social decision making; collectively, this research falls into the field of “decision neuroscience” or "neuroeconomics". My laboratory uses fMRI to probe brain function, behavioral assays to characterize individual differences, and other physiological methods (e.g., eye tracking, pharmacological manipulation, genetics) to link brain and behavior. Concurrent with research on basic processes, my laboratory has also investigated the application of new analysis methods for fMRI data, including functional connectivity analyses, pattern classification analyses, and combinatoric multivariate approaches. We have also been applying computational methods to problems in behavioral economics and consumer decision making.  

I have also been very active in outreach, mentorship, and educational activities; as examples, I am lead author on the textbook Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Sinauer Associates; 3rd edition in 2014), I teach Fundamentals of Decision Science, Decision Neuroscience and Neuroethics, and many of my postdoctoral and graduate trainees now lead research laboratories of their own.

Education and Training

  • Duke University, Ph.D. 1999

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Department Affiliation

  • Department of Psychology and Neuroscience