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Benjamin Hayden

Assistant Professor

Department of Brain And Cognitive Sciences

Areas of expertise: Neuroscience, decision-making, value-based choice, self-control, the neural basis of addiction and other behavioral diseases

Press contact:
Monique Patenaude
(585) 276-3693

Related Links:
The Hayden Lab Website

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Neuroscientist Benjamin Hayden Named 2012 Sloan Research Fellow
February 22, 2012


Professor Hayden studies self-control and decision-making from diverse perspectives, including psychology, neuroscience, animal behavior, even philosophy and popular culture. His research has documented the complex neural mechanisms involved in foraging, how the brain computes when to switch behavior. Such basic understanding may be critical to developing new treatments for behavior problems like addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder, diseases that are characterized by an inability to switch behaviors when they have become unproductive. Currently, Professor Hayden is focused on understanding the neural basis of self-control and the mechanisms of value-based choices. Published in Science, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, PNAS, and other leading peer-reviewed journals, Professsor Hayden is the recipient of a 2012 Sloan Foundation fellowship for early-career scientists and was the 2009 Outstanding Young Investigator from the Society for Neuroeconomics.

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