Scott Huettel

Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Bass Fellow
Professor of Neurobiology
Senior Advisor to the Director of the Center for Brain Imaging and Analysis
Chair of Psychology and Neuroscience
Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center
Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging

Research in my laboratory investigates the brain mechanisms underlying economic and social decision making; collectively, this research falls into the field of “decision neuroscience” or "neuroeconomics". My laboratory uses fMRI to probe brain function, behavioral assays to characterize individual differences, and other physiological methods (e.g., eye tracking, pharmacological manipulation, genetics) to link brain and behavior. Concurrent with research on basic processes, my laboratory has also investigated the application of new analysis methods for fMRI data, including functional connectivity analyses, pattern classification analyses, and combinatoric multivariate approaches. We have also been applying computational methods to problems in behavioral economics and consumer decision making.  

I have also been very active in outreach, mentorship, and educational activities; as examples, I am lead author on the textbook Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Sinauer Associates; 3rd edition in 2014), I teach courses on Decision Neuroscience and Neuroethics, and many of my postdoctoral and graduate trainees (12 as of 2015) lead research laboratories of their own.

Ph.D. 1999, Duke University

Selected Publications

Li, Rosa, Amanda V. Utevsky, Scott A. Huettel, Barbara R. Braams, Sabine Peters, Eveline A. Crone, and Anna C. K. van Duijvenvoorde. “Developmental Maturation of the Precuneus as a Functional Core of the Default Mode Network..” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 31, no. 10 (October 2019): 1506–19.
Warwick, Hunter, Carolyn Hutyra, Cary Politzer, Andrew Francis, Thomas Risoli, Cynthia Green, Nikhil Verma, Scott Huettel, and Richard C. Mather. “Small Social Incentives Did Not Improve the Survey Response Rate of Patients Who Underwent Orthopaedic Surgery: A Randomized Trial..” Clin Orthop Relat Res 477, no. 7 (July 2019): 1648–56.
Zhang, Xue, Scott A. Huettel, O’Dhaniel A. Mullette-Gillman, Hua Guo, and Lihong Wang. “Exploring common changes after acute mental stress and acute tryptophan depletion: Resting-state fMRI studies..” J Psychiatr Res 113 (June 2019): 172–80.
McDonald, Kelsey R., William F. Broderick, Scott A. Huettel, and John M. Pearson. “Bayesian nonparametric models characterize instantaneous strategies in a competitive dynamic game..” Nat Commun 10, no. 1 (April 18, 2019).
Amasino, Dianna R., Nicolette J. Sullivan, Rachel E. Kranton, and Scott A. Huettel. “Amount and time exert independent influences on intertemporal choice..” Nature Human Behaviour 3, no. 4 (April 2019): 383–92.

Selected Grants

Neurobiology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health 2019 - 2024

Improving Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer Patients awarded by National Institutes of Health 2016 - 2021

Targeting reward dysfunction as a mechanism to improve smoking cessation awarded by National Institutes of Health 2016 - 2021

Exploring Reactions to Health Warnings on Waterpipe Tobacco Ads awarded by National Institutes of Health 2018 - 2020