People

Principal Investigator


Paul W. Glimcher, Ph.D

Thinking cap askew
Equipped with trusty scooter
This is real science

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Research Assistant Professor

Kenway Louie, MD, PhD

Overschooled Primate
With a MD/PhD
Should have studied art

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My research revolves around the neural computations that underlie learning and decision-making. In particular, I am interested in neural coding - how the activities of populations of neurons represent and process the variables that guide the behavior of the organism. Current research centers on how reward, value, and choice intersect in time-discounted decision-making. Away from the lab, my thoughts drift to mountaintops, open highways, and days by the sea. For more, go here.

Assistant to the Director

Ruby Chen

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Ruby Chen is the Assistant to the Director for the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making (IISDM) at New York University. Ruby provides administrative assistance, serving as the primary contact for all internal and external matters regarding the Director’s schedule and communications. She is responsible for managing meetings, coordinating faculty and researchers’ visits, and overseeing special projects for the Director. Ruby also manages a diverse portfolio of IISDM projects at NYU Shanghai, assisting the Director with his key roles there and working with the on-site team to coordinate events, like the biennial Shanghai Neuroeconomics Collective Summer School and the monthly Shanghai Neuroeconomics Colloquia series.


Before her position at IISDM, Ruby worked in Sino-U.S. joint venture programs in higher education for both American and Chinese partners. She has worked both in China and the U.S. as a Dean’s Assistant, President’s Interpreter, Immigrant Consulting Specialist, Global Trainer in China visa policy, Instructional Technologist, etc. Her responsibilities range from academic management to administration. Ruby Chen received an M.S. from New York Institute of Technology in Instructional Technology.

Laboratory staff

Josh here, I have a BS in molecular biology from Rockhurst University. Since graduating I have been working in neuroscience at NYU, first studying the molecular mechanism of memory and now working as a Lab Manager in the Glimcher lab. Outside of the lab, I spend a considerable amount of time reading A.O. Scott reviews, exploiting life hacks, reading literature, and eating burritos. 

 

Rushell Dixon

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Hey there, I'm Rushell. I graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Neuroscience and am a Lab Tech here at the Glimcher Lab. Aside from being fascinated by animal models, I enjoy reading trashy novels and the occasional nonfiction bestseller promising to make me a better being. When I'm not trying to "self improve" I'm dreaming of new dishes to create and bribe my friends into trying.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Jan Zimmermann, PhD

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My research interests are on the neural computations guiding decision-making. More specifically, I am interested in how the nervous system dynamically adjusts its resources to code for the vast amount of stimuli it is confronted with and how this knowledge can be used to explain behavior. Apart from that I enjoy the sound of gradients switching within strong magnetic fields. I also like cables, things that go beep and things that have many buttons.

 

Anna Konova, PhD

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I am broadly interested in state and context dependent influences on value-based decision making, and how this knowledge can be used to better understand specific symptoms of addiction like craving and withdrawal. Outside the lab, I enjoy NYC-isms such as trying new restaurants, people watching in the park, and spending time with my cat baby.

 

Candace Raio, PhD

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Broadly, my research focuses on understanding how aversive emotional states of threat or stress influence decision-making, specifically in the context of self-control. Outside the lab, I spend most of my time finding creative ways to entertain my new son or tending to my flock of rescued pet rabbits.

 

Graduate Students

 

Carolina Di Tella

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I'm interested in value encoding, the relationship between rationality and emotions/drive states, and social preferences.

Hui Kuan Chung

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Generally speaking, I am interested in the brain mechanisms underlying decision making in a social context, such as how people conceptualize other player's strategies during games. My current project is looking at delayed gratification using a large, real world data set. Outside of the lab I love cooking, taking pictures, and eating. My favorite dog breed is Samoyed! 

 

Silvia Lopez-Guzman

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I am interested in how decision-making is altered by mental illness. My current research centers on inter-temporal choice and cost-benefit decision-making in drug addiction. Out of the lab I enjoy watching weird movies, going to concerts, trying new restaurants and (over)indulging my cats in all their demands/desires.

 

Benjamin Lu

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I am interested in the neuroscience of political preference formation and the mechanisms that contribute to our changing political preferences. I hope this research can be parleyed into insights about shaping opinions and pro-social behavior. Talk to me about games, both theory and video.

 

Karolina Lempert

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In general, I am interested in how people make decisions about rewards, and how we can help them to optimize these decisions. Currently, I study how emotion modulates valuation of rewards, especially future rewards in the context of intertemporal choice. When I’m not in the lab, I like to run, watch (good) TV, spend time with my family, and make to-do lists.

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Edward Ryklin

http://www.ryklinsoftware.com

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Rotating Graduate Students