The Hayden Lab studies how our decision-making hardware (our brains) compares different options and chooses the most rewarding ones. We record the activity of single neurons during real choices in order to parcel out the contributions of frontal lobe structures to reward-based choices.
The lab is particularly interested in the following questions:
Neuroeconomics: How do properties of neurons shape the principles of economics? How do single neurons guide decisions about risk and delay? Click here to learn more.
Self Control: What is self-control? How is the competition between temptation and abstention instantiated in the brain? Can we enhance self-control? Click here to learn more.
Curiosity: What motivates curiosity? Why will we devote our scarce mental resources to learn about events in our world, even if those events are only hypothetical? Click here to learn more.
Disease: What are the neural underpinnings of addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder? What computations are performed in the brain regions that are dysregulated in these diseases? Why is the same circuitry implicated in depression and Tourette Syndrome? Click here to learn more.
And More: Can neural activity tell us anything about free will? How does what we learn in the lab inform philosophy? Click here to learn more.Lab News:
The Hayden Lab will be moving to the Department of Neuroscience and the CMRR at the University of Minnesota this fall!
New paper by Maya wang and Ben Hayden is in press at Nature Communications!
New paper by Ben Eisenreich and Rei Akaishi on the possibility of distributed executive control systems!
Graduate student Tyler Cash-Padgett joins the lab! Welcome Tyler!