Ben Hayden, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. He studies self-control, decision-making, and counterfactual reasoning. He is the recipient of a career development award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Outstanding Young Investigator from the Society for Neuroeconomics.
I run a lab at the University of Rochester that studies decision-making from all perspectives - psychology, neuroscience, animal behavior, even philosophy and popular culture. We have a special interest in self-control, and in diseases of decision-making (like addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder). This blog will discuss my research, other new studies in the field, and how classic findings help us understand today's problems - like obesity, economic turmoil, and why anyone would play the slots when blackjack is a much better deal.