Kendra Seaman

Kendra Seaman is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Duke University, who will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas in Fall 2019. Her research examines the intersections of learning, motivation, and decision making across the adult life span using a variety of behavioral, modeling and neuroimaging techniques. Her new lab at UTD will continue to focus on using basic and translational scientific studies to promote health and wellbeing across adulthood.

Daniela Oliveira

Daniela Seabra Oliveira received her BS and MS degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in 1999 and 2001, respectively. After working as a software engineer for three years, she started her PhD program at the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. In June 2010, she received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Davis, where she specialized in computer security and operating systems. 

She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award 2012 and the 2012 United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama. She is also a NAE Frontiers of Engineering Alumni and a NAS Kavli Fellow. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Google Security and Privacy Research Awards.

John Payne

John W. Payne is the Joseph J. Ruvane Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He also has appointments as a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and as a Professor of Law at Duke University. 

His education includes a B.A. 1969, M.A. 1972, Ph.D. 1973 in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. He held a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie-Mellon University, 1973-74. 

Professor Payne’s research deals with how people make decisions, and how decision making might be improved. His particular subfield of interest is decision making under risk. He has authored or edited four books, including The Adaptive Decision Maker, and more than a 100 additional journal articles and book chapters. 

He teaches courses on management and decision making. 

Among his honors, Professor Payne has been elected President of the Judgment and Decision Society. He has won the Leo Melamed Prize for scholarship at the University of Chicago, for the most significant research by business school faculty. He was awarded the first JCR award for long-term contribution to consumer research He has been selected as a Fellow, American Psychological Association, 2007, and a Fellow, American Psychological Society, 1995.

Alan Sanfey

Alan Sanfey is Professor and Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Previously he has held positions as Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona, and as a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. He was awarded a Ph.D. and Masters Degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado, and an undergraduate honors degree in Psychology from University College Dublin, Ireland. He currently heads the Decision Neuroscience group at the Donders Institute.

His research utilizes a novel approach to the study of both individual and interactive decision-making by combining the methods of behavioral experiments, functional neuroimaging, and formal economic models. Examining sophisticated high-level behavior at a neural level, such as deciding on how much risk to take with an investment or deciding on a strategy when playing a competitive game with an opponent, can provide important clues as to the fundamental mechanisms by which decision-making operates.

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He is core faculty in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, the Duke Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences. He serves as Resource Faculty in the Philosophy Departmentof the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Partner Investigator at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, and Research Scientist with The Mind Research Network in New Mexico. He has visited recently at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan (2010), the Macquarie Research Center for Agency, Values, and Ethics in Australia (2011), and the National Institutes of Health in Washington (2011). He has received fellowships from the Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions, the Princeton Center for Human Values, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University, and the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is co-chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association and has been co-director of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his doctorate from Yale University. He has published widely on ethics (theoretical and applied as well as meta-ethics), empirical moral psychology and neuroscience, philosophy of law, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and informal logic. Most recently, he is the author of Morality Without God? and Moral Skepticisms as well as editor of Moral Psychology, volumes I-III. His articles have appeared in a variety of philosophical, scientific, and popular journals and collections.  His current work is on moral psychology and brain science as well as uses of neuroscience in legal systems. He is also working on a book that will develop a contrastivist view of freedom and responsibility.

Molly Crockett

Each of us carries blueprints for an astonishing range of social behaviors, from the heroic to the atrocious. The Crockett Lab seeks to understand this paradox by investigating the psychological and neural mechanisms of social decision-making and impression formation. Our approach integrates social psychology, behavioral economics, neuroscience and philosophy. We use a range of methods including behavioral experiments, computational modeling, brain imaging, and pharmacology.

Davide Baldo

Davide Baldo is the Global R&D Lead for Experimental Research in the Ipsos Global Science Organization.

With 10 years of experience in neuromarketing and neuroscience, Davide was formerly the CTO & Co-Founder of The Neuromarketing Labs, where he co-led the development of algorithms using brain scan data to understand what customers unconsciously like and desire in advertising and pricing. He is an engineer by background, specializing in the application of advanced EEG and biometric signal processing and behavioral economics to the development and application of nonconscious measurement tools. His expertise and focus is on applications using implicit responses to uncover insights about customer’s emotions, preferences, and decision-making process. Davide is author of scientific publications such as: “Brain Waves Predict Success of New Fashion Products: A Practical Application for the Footwear Retailing Industry” a scientific paper presenting a novel method which uses EEG brain scans to predict success of newly developed products. He is also co-author of “Willingness to Pay Lip Service? Applying a Neuroscience-Based Method to WTP for Green Electricity Energy Policy” in which EEG brain scans were implemented to investigate willingness-to-pay for renewable energy, and a chapter about using EEG for pricing research in the “Consumer Neuroscience” book by Moran Cerf and Manuel Garcia-Garcia, MIT press, 2017.

Uzma Khan

Uzma Khan is associate professor of marketing at University of Miami. Khan is an expert on consumer behavior, marketing management, and decision-making. Her research focuses on goals and motivation, sequential decision-making, self-control, risk perception, and choice architecture. Her work has been published in top journals including Journal of Consumer ResearchJournal of Marketing ResearchManagement Science, and Psychological Science. She serves on editorial review boards for Journal of Marketing Research and Journal of Consumer Psychology and has consulted for clients in airline, education and high-tech industries.

Nita Farahany

Nita A. Farahany is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies. She is a Professor of Law & Philosophy, the Founding Director of Duke Science & Society, Chair of the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, and principal investigator of SLAP Lab

Farahany is a frequent commentator for national media and radio shows. She presents her work to diverse audiences including the World Economic ForumAspen Ideas FestivalTED, Judicial Conferences for the US Court of Appeals, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academies of Science Workshops, the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, and by testifying before Congress.

In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and served until 2017. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke, an elected member of the American Law Institute, President-Elect and Board member of the International Neuroethics Society, a member of the Neuroethics Working Group of the US Brain Initiative, the Global Precision Medicine Council for the World Economic Forum, and the President’s Research Council for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She is also the Chair Elect of the Section on Jurisprudence for the Association of American Law Schools. She serves on Scientific and Ethics Advisory Boards for several corporations.

Farahany is a co-editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, an editorial board member of the American Journal of Bioethics (Neuroscience), and on the Board of Advisors for Scientific American. She is also the past Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and the recipient of the 2013 Paul M. Bator award given annually to an outstanding legal academic under 40.

Farahany received her AB in genetics, cell, and developmental biology at Dartmouth College, a JD and MA from Duke University, as well as a PhD in philosophy. She also holds an ALM in biology from Harvard University. In 2004-2005, Farahany clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, after which she joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University. In 2011, Farahany was the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School.

Maia Pujara

Dr. Pujara received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Dr. Michael Koenigs, studying reward processing and decision-making impairments following ventromedial prefrontal cortex damage in humans. She joined Dr. Elisabeth (Betsy) Murray's lab at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health in 2016 to study orbitofrontal cortex function in the context of decision-making, emotion regulation, and social cognition in rhesus macaques. She is also interested in the role that functional interactions between prefrontal and subcortical (e.g., amygdala and striatum) brain regions play in these processes.

Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz

Kristin is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience from Georgetown University in 2016 and a B.S. in Biopsychology from Tufts University in 2009. She is interested in the neuroscience of empathy and social decision-making. Specifically, this includes how intra- and inter-personal emotional processes and their neural substrates contribute to selfless or selfish behavior. Her graduate research in the Lab on Social & Affective Neuroscience focused on distress sensitivity and affective resonance in altruistic kidney donors using behavioral and neuroimaging methods. Her postdoctoral research in the Kable Lab is focused on examining how deficits in affective and cognitive empathy lead to excessively selfish social preferences using computational modeling, brain stimulation, and neuroimaging.

Matthew Moore

Matt Moore completed his Ph.D. in Psychology with Drs. Florin and Sanda Dolcos at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2018. He is currently a Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at UIUC. His primary research interests include the examination of cognitive and affective processes through the investigation of human brain structure, brain function, and behavior, using complementary methodologies. In the area of social decision making, he uses techniques such as electroencephalography/event-related potentials (EEG/ERPs) to examine the influence of context (e.g., observed social interactions) with respect to decisions in tasks such as the Ultimatum Game. He also works in collaboration with the Dolcos group and Drs. Gabriele Gratton, Monica Fabiani, and Brad Sutton, using structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (s/fMRI), optical imaging (event-related optical signal, EROS; near-infrared spectroscopy, NIRS), as well as combinations of techniques (e.g., simultaneous fMRI-EEG- EROS), to examine aspects of cognitive control, emotion processing, and individual differences related to these processes.


Annamarie Huttunen

Annamarie Huttunen completed her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience with Dr. Eric Bowman at the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2016. She is currently working with Dr. Michael Platt as a Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Wharton School of Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary research interests include the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying economic decision making in complex social environments. Her research combines approaches from experimental finance, psychology, and neuroscience in order to investigate how social information is integrated with computations of economic value in the brain. She utilizes a range of techniques including behavioral experiments, single-unit electrophysiology, eye-tracking, and pharmacology.

Peiwei Liu

Peiwei Liu’s research interest focuses on the cognitive aging problem by using MRI technology. She is currently investigating the age-related effect of intranasal administration of oxytocin on the social cognitive behaviors and its underlying brain structural and functional difference. Meanwhile, she is exploring the brain flexibility and malleability problem by neurofeedback technology.

Craig Williams

Craig is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Wil Cunningham at the University of Toronto and I completed his Ph.D. in Psychology with Jamil Zaki at Stanford University. His research examines the social side of emotion: how people express, perceive, and manage affect in social interaction. His approach combines behavioral, psychometric, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methods.

Carlton P. Johnson

Carlton P. Johnson is a current student at Duke University majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. He is interested in aging and neurological disorders and the development of interventions that improve hospital care of spina bifida patients to address comorbid diagnoses at time of death.

Kimberly Clark

Dr. Kimberly Rose Clark is Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer for the research consultancy, Merchant Mechanics.  In this role, she oversees all aspects of original research design, implementation and analysis for both government and blue-chip clients, such as Hershey, McDonalds, GlaxoSmithKline, Levis, The Advertising Research Foundation, Viacom and Comedy Central, as well as government entities DARPA and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Dr. Clark also serves as a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and as Affiliated Faculty in the Program for Cognitive Science at Dartmouth College.  Dr. Clark’s research focuses on prediction models of consumer behavior that are derived from integrated brain, body and self-reported measures. Dr. Clark’s current research interests relate to understanding various cross-platform decision drivers in e-commerce, the measurement of advertising consumption as a function of digital delivery vehicle and communication strategy optimization for environmental policy compliance and advocacy. At Dartmouth, she teaches advanced courses in Research Methods and Consumer Neuroscience.

Xiaomen Zhang

Xiaomeng Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Virginia Tech, working with Sheryl Ball and Alec Smith. His research focuses on neuroeconomics, experimental economics, and behavioral economics. He is interested in the neural and physiological foundations of social and economic decision-making. His current projects include studying how arousal and attention interact in the process of risky choice, using noninvasive brain stimulation to study altruism, and exploring how cultural and economic experiences shape economic and social preferences.

Dianna Amasino

Dianna Amasino received her Ph.D. from Duke University and will start a postdoc at the University of Amsterdam in the fall. She uses behavioral modeling, eye tracking and neuroimaging to examine how context modulates value in decision-making. Her research has two main areas of focus: 1) understanding the interactions of attention and value during the choice process, and 2) investigating the neural underpinnings of social influences on motivation and valuation. 

Ian Krajbich

Ian is a neuroeconomist with a background in both the social sciences and neuroscience. His research combines tools from psychology, neuroscience and economics to investigate the mechanisms behind decision-making. Ian obtained his B.S. in Physics and Business Economics at Caltech, then stayed at Caltech do his M.Sc. in Social Sciences and Ph.D. in Behavioral and Social Neuroscience with Antonio Rangel, Colin Camerer, Ralph Adolphs and John Ledyard. He was then a Postdoc for one year with Antonio Rangel and Colin Camerer, followed by two years with Ernst Fehr at the University of Zurich.  He has been faculty at The Ohio State University since 2013, in the departments of Psychology and Economics.