Gregory Russell Samanez-Larkin

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Research in our lab examines how individual and age differences in motivation and cognition influence decision making and health behavior across the life span. Our research is at the intersection of a number of subfields within psychology, neuroscience, and economics including human development, affective science, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral economics, and finance. We use a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques ranging from detailed measurement of functional brain activity (fMRI) and neuroreceptors (PET) in the laboratory to experience sampling in everyday life.

M.A. 2008, Stanford University
Ph.D. 2010, Stanford University

Selected Publications

Löckenhoff, Corinna E., and Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin. “Age Differences in Intertemporal Choice: The Role of Task Type, Outcome Characteristics, and Covariates..” The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, August 14, 2019.
Karrer, Teresa M., Casey L. McLaughlin, Carmela P. Guaglianone, and Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin. “Reduced serotonin receptors and transporters in normal aging adults: a meta-analysis of PET and SPECT imaging studies..” Neurobiology of Aging 80 (August 2019): 1–10.
Castrellon, Jaime, Jacob Young, Linh Dang, Ronald Cowan, David Zald, and Gregory Samanez-Larkin. “Mesolimbic dopamine D2 receptors and neural representations of subjective value,” August 2019.
Seaman, Kendra L., Christopher T. Smith, Eric J. Juarez, Linh C. Dang, Jaime J. Castrellon, Leah L. Burgess, M Danica San Juan, et al. “Differential regional decline in dopamine receptor availability across adulthood: Linear and nonlinear effects of age..” Human Brain Mapping 40, no. 10 (July 2019): 3125–38.
Smith, Christopher T., Jennifer L. Crawford, Linh C. Dang, Kendra L. Seaman, M Danica San Juan, Aishwarya Vijay, Daniel T. Katz, et al. “Partial-volume correction increases estimated dopamine D2-like receptor binding potential and reduces adult age differences..” Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism : Official Journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism 39, no. 5 (May 2019): 822–33.

Selected Grants

Effects of Aging on Episodic Memory-Dependent Decision Making awarded by National Institutes of Health 2018 - 2023

Short Courses in Neuroeconomics and Social Neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health 2017 - 2021

Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health 2016 - 2021