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:

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.

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.

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 has completed its move to the University of Minnesota. Looking forward to settling in!

Congratulations to Maya Wang on her talk at SfN!

Ben Hayden will be speaking at the upcoming COSYNE Workshops meeting in Breckenridge, CO

Welcome to our new undergradutes Efemona Famati, Jude Goossens, Hannah Lee, Alex Rich, Afra Suri, and Sydney Walsh!

Look for our recently published papers in PloS Biology, Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, and Journal of Neurophysiology from lab members Habiba Azab and Tommy Blanchard

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