Assistant Professor of Neuroeconomics
Decision making is a core aspect of human behaviors and the ability to make good choices is necessary for personal health and happiness as well as the efficient functioning of society as a whole. Our goal is to understand the neural mechanisms of decision making in healthy, typical populations as well as how these processes become dysfunctional in specific behavioral disorders and pathophysiologies.
My previous research has examined the neural networks that mediate decision making for various reward types (primary, monetary, social). We have shown that while key areas of the decision network are recruited across choice domains, the regions with which they interact differ between decision contexts. Furthermore, we have demonstrated differences in the neural networks that mediate choice in individuals who successfully employ self-control compared to those with self-control failures.
Using a combination of behavioral, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and computational modeling techniques, I am presently studying the impact of factors such as stress, social feedback, and attention on both self-control and normative decision making.
Selected key publications
Maier SU, Makwana AB, Hare TA (2015) Acute stress impairs self-control in goal-directed choice by altering multiple functional connections within the brain's decision circuits. Neuron 87:621-631. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.07.005
Makwana A, Grön G, Fehr E, Hare TA (2015) A neural mechanism of strategic social choice under sanction-induced norm compliance. eNeuro 2(3). doi:
Rudorf S, Hare TA (2014) Interactions between dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex underlie context-dependent stimulus valuation in goal-directed choice. Journal of Neuroscience 34:15988-15996. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3192-14.2014
Dreyfuss M, Caudle K, Drysdale AT, Johnston NE, Cohen AO, Somerville LH, Galvan A, Tottenham N, Hare TA, Casey BJ (2014) Teens impulsively react rather than retreat from threat. Developmental Neuroscience 36:220-7. doi:10.1159/000357755
Hare TA, Schultz W, Camerer CF, O'Doherty JP, Rangel A (2011) Transformation of stimulus value signals into motor commands during simple choice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 108:18120-18125. doi:10.1073/pnas.1109322108
Hare TA, Camerer C, Rangel A (2009) Self-control in decision-making involves modulation of the vmPFC valuation system. Science 324:646-648. doi:10.1126/science.1168450