My research goal is to improve scientific understanding of how individuals make decisions. In my work I pose questions that cross traditional boundaries between economics (my original discipline), psychology, neuroscience, public policy, and management. My research focuses on the economic consequences of the biological constraints placed on the nervous system of healthy decision-makers as well as those who tend to make poor choices, like adolescents, older adults and people with psychiatric disorders.My work has been published in various international journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Management Science, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Neuroscience. My research has also been featured in popular international media such as Time magazine, CNN, NBC News, ABC, Businessweek and BBC News radio.My ultimate goal is to relate insights from my research to applied work, especially in the area of policy interventions, optimal organizational and incentives design, finance, political economics, and marketing.
The Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making (IISDM) was formed to bring together different scientific disciplines—including neuroscience, economics, psychology, and urban informatics—to tackle the next generation of human behavior research challenges and translate that research into improved public policy.