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Decision-Making, Impulse Control & Rationality (DIR)

DIR investigates the neural basis of perceptual and value-based decision-making. We aim to understand the neural and behavioral mechanisms that support decision-making in healthy people, as well as in psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as Mood Disorders, (gambling) Addiction and Parkinson’s Disease.

The field combines methods from Mathematical Psychology, Behavioral Economics and Game Theory with those of Clinical, Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Some of the topics we investigate at ABC include the role of emotions in economic and social decisions, meta-cognitive processes underlying choice, neurobiological mechanisms of reinforcement learning, the role of basal ganglia structures in impulsive behavior, and the mechanisms underlying deep brain stimulation for OCD and depression.