Amitai Shenhav

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I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University.  Beginning Summer 2016 I will be an assistant professor at Brown University, in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences.

My research explores how we make decisions that pit seemingly rational considerations of future outcomes against seemingly irrational automatic biases brought on through evolution or prior experience. To do this, I combine insights from research on goal-directed decision-making (which examines how we carefully weigh a set of options) and research on cognitive control (which examines how we overcome our automatic biases). My work tries to bridge these research areas to answer questions about how our goals and biases interact:

How do automatic biases influence our decision process?  How do we determine the costs of overcoming these biases? And how are these costs weighed against potential rewards to determine whether cognitive effort is “worth it?”

I probe questions like these using a combination of computational modeling and measures of behavior, bodily states, and brain activity.

If you are interested in some of these same questions and would like to join my lab as a research assistant, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow, please contact me.

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