Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
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.
Mechanisms Regulating Complex Social Behavior awarded by University of Pennsylvania (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2026
Behavior and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2025
Duke Creating ADRD Researchers for the Next Generation - Stimulating Access to Research in Residency Program (CARiNG-StARR)" awarded by National Institutes of Health (Preceptor). 2020 to 2024
Rapid measurement of prefrontal cortical activity using parallelized diffuse correlation spectroscopy awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Co-Principal Investigator). 2021 to 2024
Neurobiology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2019 to 2024
Improving Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer Patients awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2016 to 2022
A High-Performance 3T MRI for Brain Imaging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Minor User). 2021 to 2022
Targeting reward dysfunction as a mechanism to improve smoking cessation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Mentor). 2016 to 2022
PFI:BIC - A Smart, Flexible, Large-Scale Sensing and Response Service System (LASSaRESS) for Monitoring and Management of Ground, Air and Waterborne Contaminants awarded by National Science Foundation (Investigator). 2016 to 2021
Exploring Reactions to Health Warnings on Waterpipe Tobacco Ads awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2021
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Jack, J., et al. “Mapping rhetorical topologies in cognitive neuroscience.” Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric, 2017, pp. 125–50. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-51268-6_7. Full Text
Martin, R. S., and S. A. Huettel. “Cognitive functions as revealed by imaging of the human brain.” Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical, Second Edition, 2016, pp. 2727–53. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-3474-4_82. Full Text
Coutlee, C. G., and S. A. Huettel. “Rules, rewards, and responsibility: A reinforcement learning approach to action control.” Moral Psychology, Volume 4: Free Will And Moral Responsibility, 2014, pp. 327–34.
San Martin, R., and S. A. Huettel. “Cognitive functions as revealed by imaging of the human brain.” Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical, 2013, pp. 2213–38. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-1997-6_82. Full Text
Venkatraman, V., et al. “Neuroeconomics of risky decisions: From variables to strategies.” Decision Making, Affect, and Learning: Attention and Performance XXIII, 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600434.003.0007. Full Text
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Sullivan, Nicolette J., et al. “Peer presence increases the prosocial behavior of adolescents by speeding the evaluation of outcomes for others.” Scientific Reports, vol. 12, no. 1, Apr. 2022, p. 6477. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41598-022-10115-0. Full Text
Breslav, Alexander D. S., et al. “Shuffle the Decks: Children Are Sensitive to Incidental Nonrandom Structure in a Sequential-Choice Task.” Psychol Sci, vol. 33, no. 4, Apr. 2022, pp. 550–62. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/09567976211042007. Full Text
Blankenstein, N. E., et al. “Resolving ambiguity: Broadening the consideration of risky decision making over adolescent development.” Developmental Review, vol. 62, Dec. 2021. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.dr.2021.100987. Full Text
Sullivan, Nicolette J., and Scott A. Huettel. “Healthful choices depend on the latency and rate of information accumulation.” Nature Human Behaviour, vol. 5, no. 12, Dec. 2021, pp. 1698–706. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41562-021-01154-0. Full Text
Lee, V. K., et al. “The hidden cost of humanization: Individuating information reduces prosocial behavior toward in-group members.” Journal of Economic Psychology, vol. 86, Oct. 2021. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.joep.2021.102424. Full Text
Khaw, Mel W., et al. “Oversampling of minority categories drives misperceptions of group compositions.” Cognition, vol. 214, Sept. 2021, p. 104756. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2021.104756. Full Text
Hall, Shana A., et al. “Hypoactivation in the precuneus and posterior cingulate cortex during ambiguous decision making in individuals with HIV.” J Neurovirol, vol. 27, no. 3, June 2021, pp. 463–75. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s13365-021-00981-1. Full Text
Bachman, Matthew D., et al. “Disruptions of Sustained Spatial Attention Can Be Resistant to the Distractor's Prior Reward Associations.” Front Hum Neurosci, vol. 15, 2021, p. 666731. Pubmed, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2021.666731. Full Text
Jenke, L., and S. A. Huettel. “Voter Preferences Reflect a Competition Between Policy and Identity.” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, Oct. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.566020. Full Text
Kranton, Rachel, et al. “Deconstructing bias in social preferences reveals groupy and not-groupy behavior.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117, no. 35, Sept. 2020, pp. 21185–93. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1918952117. Full Text
“THE IMPACT OF FEEDBACK TIMING ON VALUE LEARNING IN AGING.” The Gerontologist, vol. 55, no. Suppl_2, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2015, pp. 140–140. Crossref, doi:10.1093/geront/gnv513.03. Full Text
Martin, Rene San, et al. “NEURAL SIGNATURES OF VALUE-DRIVEN ATTENTIONAL CAPTURE PREDICT INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN ECONOMIC CHOICE.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT PRESS, 2013, pp. 208–208.
Appelbaum, Lawrence, et al. “NEURORHETORIC: MAPPING THE SEMANTIC STRUCTURE OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT PRESS, 2013, pp. 260–61.
Libedinsky, C., et al. “REWARD VALUATION IN SLEEP-DEPRIVED INDIVIDUALS.” Sleep, vol. 34, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2011, pp. A78–A78.
Wang, Lihong, et al. “Modulation Effect of Rumination Trait and Low Tryptophan on Default-Mode Network Connectivity.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 67, no. 9, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2010, pp. 224S-224S.
Yaxley, Richard H., et al. “Brain activation during decisions involving behavioral risk: Adolescents v. adults.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 63, no. 7, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2008, pp. 79S-79S.
Bucur, B., et al. “Age-related decreases in cerebral white matter integrity: Implications for episodic and semantic retrieval processes.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, M I T PRESS, 2005, pp. 234–234.
Huettel, S., et al. “Choices between gambles: Effects of certainty, risk, and ambiguity upon brain systems for decision making and reward evaluation.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, M I T PRESS, 2005, pp. 221–221.
Madden, D., et al. “Adult age differences and similarities in the functional neuroanatomy of visual attention: Evidence from FMRI.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, M I T PRESS, 2005, pp. 154–154.