Curriculum Vitae

Revised: 02/20/2020

Emory University
36 Eagle Row
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 727-2556
email: gregory dot berns at emory dot edu
twitter: @gberns


My current research uses fMRI to study canine cognitive function in awake, unrestrained dogs. The goals of these projects are to non-invasively map the perceptual and decision systems of the dog's brain and to predict likelihood of success in service dogs. I also use diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to reconstruct the white matter pathways of a wide variety of other mammals, including dolphins, sea lions, coyotes, and the extinct Tasmanian tiger.

Previous research was aimed at understanding the neurobiological basis for individual preferences and how neurobiology places constraints on the decisions that people and animals make. We used fMRI to measure the activity in key parts of the brain involved in decision making. For example, we have used this activity to predict the commercial success of popular songs – the first prospective demonstration in neuromarketing. These results have found application in understanding common stock investing errors, and more recently, in the stock market’s reaction to earnings announcements.  We have also studied decision-making over “sacred values” in the brain and its implications for terrorism.


Academic Appointments

Clinical Appointments:



PA Medical License MD-059626-L (issued 1995, inactive since 1998)
GA Medical License 045173 (issued 1998)


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Psychiatry (2000)


1994 M.D. University of California, San Diego Medicine
1990 Ph.D. University of California, Davis  Biomedical Engineering
1986 A.B. Princeton University Physics


1995-1998 Adult Psychiatry Residency

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
1994-1995 General Psychiatry and Medicine Internship

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
1990-1994 Research Assistant / Postdoctoral Fellow

Salk Institute of Biological Studies

Mentor: Terrence J. Sejnowksi, Ph.D.



BIBLIOGRAPHY (h-index = 46)

Research Articles

  1. Aulet LS, Chiu VC, Prichard A, Spivak M, Lourenco SF, Berns GS: Canine sense of quantity: evidence for numerical ratio-dependent activation in parietotemporal cortex. Biology Letters 15:20190666, 2019. PDF. Link.
  2. Costello TH, Smith SF, Bowes SM, Riley S, Berns GS, Lilienfeld SO: Risky business: psychopathy, framing effects, and financial outcomes. J Research Personality 78:125-132, 2019. PDF.
  3. Prichard A, Cook PF, Spivak M, Chhibber R, Berns GS: Awake fMRI reveals brain regions for novel word detection in dogs. Frontiers in Neuroscience 12:737, 2018. PDF. Link.
  4. Prichard A, Chhibber R, Athanassiades K, Spivak M, Berns GS: Fast neural learning in dogs: a multimodal fMRI study. Sci Rep 8:14614, 2018. PDF. Link.
  5. Berns GS, Spivak M, Nemanic S, Northrup N: Clinical findings in dogs trained for awake-MRI. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 5:209, 2018. PDF. Link
  6. Cook P, Prichard A, Spivak M, Berns GS: Jealousy in dogs? Evidence from brain imaging. Animal Sentience 22:1, 2018. PDF. Link.
  7. Cook PF, Berns GS, Colegrove K, Johnson S, Gulland F: Post-mortem DTI reveals altered hippocampal connectivity in wild sea lions diagnosed with chronic toxicosis from algal exposure. J Comp Neurol 526:216-228, 2018. PDF. Online Sept 2017.
  8. Engelmann JB, Berns GS, Dunlop BW: Hyper-responsivity to losses in the anterior insula during economic choice scales with depression severity. Psychol Med Jun 7:1-13, 2017.
  9. Berns GS, Brooks AM, Spivak M, Levy K: Functional MRI in awake dogs predicts suitability for assistance work. Sci Rep 7:43704, 2017. PDF. Link.
  10. Berns GS & Ashwell KWS: Reconstruction of the cortical maps of the Tasmanian tiger and comparison to the Tasmanian devil. PLoS ONE 12(1):e0168993, 2017. PDF. Link.
  11. Cook PF, Prichard A, Spivak M, Berns GS: Awake canine fMRI predicts dogs' preference for praise versus food. Soc Cog Affect Neurosci, 11:1853-1862, 2016. PDF. Link.
  12. Cook PF, Spivak M, Berns G: Neurobehavioral evidence for individual differences in canine cognitive control: an awake fMRI study. Anim Cogn, 19:867-878, 2016. Link. PDF.
  13. Dilks DD, Cook P, Weiller SK, Berns HP, Spivak M, Berns GS: Awake fMRI reveals a specialized region in dog temporal cortex for face processing. PeerJ, 3:e1115, 2015. Link. PDF.
  14. Berns GS, Cook PF, Foxley S, Jbabdi S, Miller KL, Marino L: Diffusion tensor imaging of dolphin brains reveals direct auditory pathway to temporal lobe. Proc. R. Soc. B 282:20151203, 2015. Link.
  15. Cook PF, Spivak M, Berns GS: One pair of hands is not like another: caudate BOLD response in dogs depends on signal source and canine temperament. PeerJ, 2:e596, 2014. PDF. Link.
  16. Pincus M, LaViers L, Prietula MJ, Berns G: The conforming brain and deontological resolve. PLoS ONE, 9(8):e106061, 2014. Link.
  17. Ekins WG, Brooks AM, Berns GS: The neural correlates of contractual risk and penalty framing. J. Risk & Uncertainty, 49:125-140, 2014. PDF.
  18. Barton J, Berns GS, Brooks AM: The neuroscience behind the stock market's reaction to corporate earnings news. The Accounting Review, 89:1945-1977, 2014.
  19. Berns GS, Brooks AM, Spivak M: Scent of the familiar: an fMRI study of canine brain responses to familiar and unfamiliar human and dog odors. Behavioural Processes, 2014. PDF. Link.
  20. Berns GS, Blaine K, Prietula MJ, Pye BE: Short and long term effects of a novel on connectivity in the brain. Brain Connectivity 3:590-600, 2013. PDF. Link. Most downloaded paper in the journal in 2017.
  21. Ekins WG, Caceda R, Capra CM, Berns GS: You can't gamble on others: dissociable systems for strategic uncertainty and risk in the brain. J. Econ. Behav. Org.94:222-233, 2013. PDF.
  22. Berns GS, Brooks A, Spivak M: Replicability and heterogeneity of awake unrestrained canine fMRI responses. PLoS ONE 8(12):e81698, 2013. Link.
  23. Capra CM, Jiang B, Engelmann JB, Berns GS: Can personality explain heterogeneity in probability distortions? J. Neurosci. Psychol. Econ. 6:151-166, 2013. PDF.
  24. Berns GS, Brooks AM, Spivak M: Functional MRI in awake unrestrained dogs. PLoS ONE 7(5):e38027, 2012. Link. PDF.
  25. Engelmann JB, Moore S, Capra CM, Berns GS: Differential neurobiological effects of expert advice on risky choice in adolescents and adults. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 7:557-567, 2012. PDF.
  26. Berns GS, Bell E, Capra CM, Prietula MJ, Moore S, Anderson B, Ginges J, Atran S: The price of your soul: neural evidence for the non-utilitarian representation of sacred values. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B, 367:754-762, 2012. PDF. HTML.
  27. Brooks AM, Capra CM, Berns GS: Neural insensitivity to upticks in value is associated with the disposition effect. Neuroimage, 59:4086-4093, 2012. PDF.
  28. Berns GS and Bell E: Striatal topography of probability and magnitude information for decisions under uncertainty. Neuroimage, 59:3166-3172, 2012. PDF.
  29. Berns GS and Moore SE: A neural predictor of cultural popularity. J Consumer Psychol. 22:154-160, 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jcps.2011.05.001.
  30. Brooks AM, Pammi VSC, Noussair C, Capra CM, Engelmann JB, Berns GS: From bad to worse: striatal coding of the relative value of painful decisions. Front. Neurosci doi: 10.3389/fnins.2010.00176, 2010. PDF.
  31. Berns GS, Capra CM, Moore S, Noussair C: Neural mechanisms of the influence of popularity on adolescent ratings of music. Neuroimage 49:2687-2696, 2010. PDF.
  32. Berns GS, Moore S, Capra CM: Adolescent engagement in dangerous behaviors is associated with increased white matter maturity of frontal cortex. PLoS One 4(8):e6773, 2009. Link. PDF.
  33. Engelmann JB, Capra CM, Noussair C, Berns GS: Expert financial advice neurobiologically "offloads" financial decision-making under risk. PLoS One 4:e4957, 2009. Link. PDF.
  34. Berns GS, Capra CM, Chappelow J, Moore S, Noussair C: Nonlinear neurobiological probability weighting functions for aversive outcomes. Neuroimage 39:2047-2057, 2008 (epub Nov 2007). PDF.
  35. Chandrasekhar PVS, Capra CM, Moore S, Noussair C, Berns GS: Neurobiological regret and rejoice functions for aversive outcomes. Neuroimage 39:1472-1484 (epub Nov 2007). PDF.
  36. Berns GS, Capra CM, Moore S, Noussair C: A shocking experiment: new evidence on probability weighting and common ratio violations. Judgment & Decision Making 2:234-242, 2007. PDF.
  37. Capuron L, Pagnoni G, Demetrashvili MF, Lawson DH, Fornwalt FB, Woolwine B, Berns GS, Nemeroff CB, Miller AH: Basal ganglia hypermetabolism and symptoms of fatigue during interferon-alpha therapy. Neuropsychopharmacology 32:2394-2392 , 2007.
  38. Berns GS, Chappelow J, Cekic M, Zink CF, Pagnoni G, Martin-Skurski ME: Neurobiologic substrates of dread. Science, 312:754-758, 2006. PDF. Supporting Materials.
  39. Zink CF, Pagnoni G, Chappelow JC, Martin-Skurski ME, Berns GS: Human striatal activation reflects degree of stimulus saliency. Neuroimage 29:977-983, 2006. PDF.
  40. Berns GS, Chappelow JC, Zink CF, Pagnoni G, Martin-Skurski ME, Richards R: Neurobiological correlates of social conformity and independence during mental rotation. Biol. Psychiatry 58:245-253, 2005. PDF.
  41. Capuron L, Pagnoni G, Demetrashvili M, Woolwine BJ, Nemeroff CB, Berns GS, Miller AH: Anterior cingulate activation and error processing during interferon-alpha treatment. Biol. Psychiatry 58:190-196, 2005. PDF.
  42. Zink CF, Pagnoni G, Martin-Skurski ME, Chappelow JC, Berns GS: Human striatal response to monetary reward depends on saliency. Neuron 42:509-517, 2004. PDF.
  43. Zink CF, Pagnoni G, Martin ME, Dhamala M, Berns GS: Human striatal response to salient non-rewarding stimuli. J. Neurosci. 23:8092-8097, 2003. PDF. Accompanying editorial.
  44. Dhamala M, Pagnoni G, Wiesenfeld K, Zink CF, Martin M, Berns GS: Neural correlates of the complexity of rhythmic finger tapping. Neuroimage 20:918-926, 2003. PDF.
  45. McClure SM, Berns GS, Montague PR: Temporal prediction errors in a passive learning task activate human striatum. Neuron 38: 339-346, 2003. PDF.
  46. Montague PR, Berns GS, Cohen JD, McClure SM, Pagnoni G, Dhamala M, Wiest M, Karpov I, King RD, Apple N, Fisher RE: Hyperscanning: Simultaneous fMRI during linked social interactions, Neuroimage 16:1159-1164, 2002. PDF.
  47. Rilling JK, Gutman DA, Zeh TR, Pagnoni G, Berns GS, Kilts CD: A neural basis for social cooperation. Neuron, 35:395-405, 2002. PDF.
  48. Dhamala M, Pagnoni G, Wiesenfeld K, Berns GS: Measurements of brain activity complexity for varying mental loads. Phys. Rev. E., 65:041917(7), 2002. PDF.
  49. Pagnoni G, Zink CF, Montague PR, Berns GS: Activity in human ventral striatum locked to errors of reward prediction. Nat. Neurosci., 5:97-98, 2002. PDF.
  50. Berns GS, Martin M, Proper S: Limbic hyperreactivity in bipolar II disorder. Am. J. Psychiatry, 159:304-306, 2002. PDF.
  51. Bischoff-Grethe A, Martin M, Mao H, Berns GS: The context of uncertainty modulates the subcortical response to predictability. J. Cogn. Neurosci., 13:986-993, 2001. PDF.
  52. Berns GS, McClure SM, Pagnoni G, Montague PR: Predictability modulates human brain response to reward. J. Neurosci., 21:2793-2798, 2001. PDF.
  53. Bischoff-Grethe A, Proper SM, Mao H, Daniels KA, Berns GS: Conscious and unconscious processing of nonverbal predictability in Wernicke's area.  J. Neurosci. 20(5):1975-1981, 2000. PDF.
  54. Berns GS, Song AW, Mao H:  Continuous functional magnetic resonance imaging reveals dynamic nonlinearities in "dose-response" curves for finger opposition. J. Neurosci. 19:RC17:1-6, 1999. PDF.
  55. Nemeroff CB, Kilts CD, Berns GS:  Functional brain imaging: Twenty-first century phrenology or psychobiological advance for the millennium? Am. J. Psychiatry 156:671-673, 1999.
  56. Berns GS and Sejnowski TJ: A computational model of how the basal ganglia produce sequences. J. Cogn. Neurosci., 10:108-121, 1998. PDF.
  57. Berns GS, Cohen JD, Mintun MA: Brain regions responsive to novelty in the absence of awareness. Science, 276:1272-1275, 1997. PDF
  58. Hull ML, Berns GS, Varma H, Patterson HA: Strain in the medial collateral ligament of the human knee under single and combined loads. J. Biomech. 29:199-206, 1996.
  59. Berns GS, Dayan P, Sejnowski TJ: A correlational model for the development of disparity selectivity in visual cortex that depends on prenatal and postnatal phases. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 90:8277-8281, 1993. PDF.
  60. Berns GS and Howell SM: Roofplasty requirements in vitro for different tibial hole placements in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions. Am. J. Sports Med. 21:292-298, 1993.
  61. Berns GS, Howell SM, Farley TE: The accuracy of signal intensity measurements in magnetic resonance imaging as evaluated within the knee. Magn. Reson. Imag. 10:573-578, 1992.
  62. Berns GS, Hull ML, Patterson HA: Strain in the anteromedial bundle of the anterior cruciate ligament under combination loading. J. Orthop. Res. 10:167-176, 1992.
  63. Howell SM, Berns GS, Farley TE: Unimpinged and impinged anterior cruciate ligament grafts: MR signal intensity measurements. Radiology 179:639-643, 1991.
  64. Berns GS, Hull ML, Patterson HA: Implementation of a five degree of freedom automated system to determine knee flexibility in vitro. J. Biomech. Eng. 112:392-400, 1990.
  65. Berns MW, Berns GS, Coffey J, Wile AG: Exposure (dose) tables for hematoporphyrin derivative photoradiation therapy. Lasers in Surgery & Med. 4:107-131, 1984.
  66. Berns GS and Berns MW: Computer-based tracking of living cells. Exp. Cell Res. 142:103-109, 1982.
  67. Berns MW, Aist J, Edwards J, Strahs K, Girton J, McNeill P, Rattner JB, Kitzes M, Hammer-Wilson M, Liaw L-H, Siemens A, Koonce M, Peterson S, Brenner S, Burt J, Walter R, Bryant PJ, van Dyk D, Coulombe J, Cahill T, Berns GS: Laser microsurgery in cell and developmental biology. Science 213:505-513, 1981.

Review Articles

  1. Cook PF & Berns GS: The degeneracy of behavior and the rise of neuroimaging to measure affective states in dogs. Animal Sentience 3(22):23, 2018. PDF. Link.
  2. Berns GS & Cook PF: Why did the dog walk into the MRI? Current Directions Psychol Sci, 25:363-369, 2016. Link.
  3. Cook PF, Brooks A, Spivak M, Berns GS: Regional brain activations in awake unrestrained dogs. J Vet Behav: Clin Appl Res, 16:104-112, 2016. Link.
  4. Brooks AM and Berns GS: Aversive stimuli and loss in the mesocortical dopamine system. Trends Cogn. Sci. 17:281-286, 2013. PDF.
  5. Yoon C, Gonzalez R, Bechara A, Berns GS, Dagher AA, Dube L, Huettel SA, Kable JW, Liberzon I, Plassmann H, Spence C: Decision neuroscience and consumer decision making. Mark Lett 23:473-485, 2012. PDF.
  6. Berns GS and Atran S: The biology of cultural conflict. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B, 367:633-639, 2012. PDF. HTML.
  7. Ariely D and Berns GS: Neuromarketing: The hope and hype of neuoroimaging in business. Nat. Rev. Neurosci., 11:284-292, 2010. PDF.
  8. Berns GS, Capra CM, Moore S, Noussair C: Three studies on the neuroeconomics of decision-making when payoffs are real and negative. Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res 20:1-29, 2008.
  9. Berns GS, Laibson D, Loewenstein G: Intertemporal choice -- toward an integrated framework, Trends Cogn. Sci., 11:482-488, 2007. PDF.
  10. Berns GS, Capra CM, Noussair C: Receptor theory and biological constraints on value. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1104:301-309, 2007. PDF.
  11. Berns GS: Price, placebo, and the brain. J. Marketing Res. XLII:399-400, 2005. PDF.
  12. Berns GS: Something funny happened to reward. Trends Cogn. Sci. 8:193-194, 2004. PDF.
  13. Berns GS: Neural game theory and the search for rational agents in the brain. Behav. Brain Sci. 26:155-156, 2003.
  14. Berns GS and Nemeroff CB: The neurobiology of bipolar disorder. Am. J. Med. Genet C 123C:76-84, 2003. PDF.
  15. Montague PR and Berns GS: Neural economics and the biological substrates of valuation. Neuron 36:265-284, 2002. PDF.
  16. Mao H and Berns GS: MRI in the study of brain functions: clinical perspectives. Medicamundi 46:28-38, 2002. PDF.
  17. Berns GS and Nemeroff CB:  Extreme measures. The neurobiology of bipolar disorder.  Odyssey 5:36-41, 1999.
  18. Berns GS: Functional neuroimaging.  Life Sci 65:2531-2540, 1999. PDF.


  1. Berns G: What It's Like to Be a Dog. And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience. Basic Books, Sept. 2017. New Yorker Review, NY Review of Books, The Bark.  Smithsonian named best  science book of 2017,  EcoLit named best environmental book in 2017, bestseller (#4 nonfiction, Mar 2018).
  2. Berns G: How Dogs Love Us. A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain. Amazon New Harvest, 2013. NYT Book Review. NYT (Aug 2014) and WSJ Bestseller (Aug 2014 & Nov 2017). Over 2400 Amazon reviews, #1 Dog book, top-10 Science book, BarkPost best-of list,  DogWatch summer reading 2016,  PureWow must-read,  BookRiot, Whole Dog Journal, 100 best dog books of all-time, #1 most popular book Science Book a Day 2014 & 2015.
  3. Berns G: Iconoclast. A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently. Harvard Business School Press, 2008. Named one of top 10 business books of 2008 by Fast Company. Foreign editions: Korean, Portugese, Thai, Chinese, Romanian.
  4. Berns G: Satisfaction. The Science of Finding True Fulfillment. Henry Holt & Co., 2005. Foreign editions: German, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Romanian.


  1. California Science Center, Los Angeles (2019). Dogs! A Science Tail exhibit including dog MRI.
  2. American Museum of Natural History, New York (2017):  interactive exhibit of DTI pathways in the brains of humans, coyotes & dolphins.

Popular Articles

  1. Berns G: When dogs offer insights into tigers. MRI scans of dog brains open windows into the cognition of the extinct thylacine. The Scientist, October 2017. Link.
  2. Berns G: Minds over matters. How functional MRI can identify animals' anxieties and prevent problem behaviors. Animal Sheltering. September 2017. Link.
  3. Berns G: What does your dog really want? Scientific American, Aug 9, 2017. Link.
  4. Berns G: Loving a hard to love dog. The Dodo, Jan. 12, 2014. Link.
  5. Berns G: Five signs your dog loves you. Wall Street Journal, Dec. 4, 2013. Link.
  6. Berns G: Dogs are people,too. New York Times, Oct. 7, 2013. Link.
  7. Berns G: In hard times, fear can impair decision-making. New York Times, Dec. 6, 2008. Link.

Book Chapters

  1. Pincus M, LaViers L, Prietula MJ, Berns G: The conforming brain and deontological resolve. Thinking About Bribery. Neuroscience, Moral Cognition, and the Psychology of Bribery. PM Nichols & DC Robertson eds. Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 67-84.
  2. Pagnoni, G and Berns GS: Brain imaging in psychopharmacology. Textbook of Psychopharmacology, Third Edition. AF Schatzberg and CB Nemeroff eds. American Psychiatric Publishing, 2004, pp. 163-172.
  3. Montague PR, Eagleman DM, McClure SM, Berns GS: Reinforcement learning. Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. L Nadel ed. Macmillan Reference, 2003.
  4. Berns GS: Cognitive neuroscience. Encyclopedia of Psychology and Neuroscience, WE Craighead and CB Nemeroff eds. John Wiley & Sons, 2000, pp. 314-315.
  5. Berns GS and Sejnowski TJ: How the basal ganglia make decisions. The Neurobiology of Decision-Making. A Damasio, H Damasio, Y Christen eds, Springer-Verlag, 1996, pp. 101-113.

Book Reviews

  1. Berns GS and Nemeroff CB: Book Review of "The Neuropsychiatry of Limbic and Subcortical Disorders." J Psych Neurosci 24:251-252, 1999.

Other Publications

  1. Berns GS: Force distribution patterns in the foot during running. A.B. Thesis, Dept. of Physics, Princeton University, 1986.
  2. Berns GS: Strain within the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments of the human knee under combination loading. Ph.D. Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1990.


  1. AKC Detection Dog Conference (2019). Keynote lecture.
  2. NIMH Director's Innovation Speaker Series (2019). Invited presentation.
  3. Texas Lutheran University Annual Krost Symposium (2019). Invited presentation.
  4. American College of Veterinary Radiology CT/MR Society (2018). Invited presentation.
  5. Georgia State Bar Animal Law Symposium (2018). Invited presentation.
  6. Institute for Cognitive Sciences Summer School, Montreal (2018). Invited presentation.
  7. Animals on the Mind 3.0 (2018). Invited presentation.
  8. SETI Institute (2018). Invited presentation.
  9. Rancho Mirage Writers Festival (2018). Invited talks.
  10. Animal Law Symposium, State Bar of Georgia (2017). Invited presentation.
  11. International Working Dog Conference, Banff, Canada (2017). Invited presentation.
  12. American Veterinary Medical Association (2016). Invited presentation.
  13. Sun Valley Writers' Conference (2016). Invited talks.
  14. NIH Social Housing Conference, Davis, CA (2016)
  15. Canine S&T Workshop (2014)
  16. Science of Animal Thinking & Emotion, Humane Society Institute (2014). Invited presentation.
  17. Ivy League Vegan Conference (2014)
  18. Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2013). Plenary Talk.
  19. American Accounting Association, Washington, DC (2012). Plenary talk.
  20. The Neurobiology of Political Violence, Washington, DC (2010)
  21. Global Economic Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey (2010)
  22. Global Economic Symposium, Hamburg, Germany (2009)
  23. Summer workshop on decision science, University of Michigan (2009)
  24. World Economic Forum (2009)
  25. American Psychological Association (2008). Invited presentation on neuroeconomics.
  26. Neurofinance symposium, Zurich (2007). Invited presentation.
  27. Social Neuroscience Symposium, NIDA (2007). Invited presentation.
  28. Defining a Cognitive Battery for Drug Abuse, NIDA (2007)
  29. Future Leaders in Psychiatry (2007). Invited presentation.
  30. NIDA Conference on Drug Abuse and Risky Behaviors (2007). Invited presentation on neuroeconomics.
  31. Legg Mason Thought Leaders Forum (2006). Invited presentation on neuroeconomics.
  32. American Psychological Association (2006). Invited presentation on conformity.
  33. Future Leaders in Psychiatry (2006). Invited presentation.
  34. NIDA workshop on adolescent reward and decision-making (2006). Invited presentation.
  35. NIDA Symposium on Obesity and Addiction (2005). Invited presentation or reward & saliency.
  36. Future Leaders in Psychiatry (2005). Invited presentation.
  37. International Meeting of the Economic Science Association (2004). Plenary talk on neuroeconomics.
  38. World Economic Forum (2004)
  39. Society for Neuroscience, Symposium on Decision-Making (2003). Invited presentation.
  40. Future Leaders in Psychiatry (2003). Invited presentation.
  41. NIDA satellite symposium on reward (2002). Invited presentation.
  42. Future Leaders in Psychiatry (2002). Invited presentation.
  43. American Neuropsychiatric Association (2002). Invited presentation on, "Hyperscan: The biology of human interaction using web-linked fMRI."
  44. NIDA (2000). Invited presentation for workshop, "Computational Models: Applications to Drug Abuse."
  45. Biodynamics III -- Nonlinear Approaches in the Health Sciences (2000). Invited presentation on fMRI and brain dynamics.
  46. European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Munich (2000). Invited symposium on "Cognition, fMRI, and Psychopharmacology."
  47. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (1999).  Workshop on "Mapping the functional anatomy of the anterior limbic areas: Integrating behavior, neurochemistry and anatomy in psychiatric pathophysiology."
  48. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (1999).  Teaching Day.  "Beyond Phrenology: Using Functional MRI to Study Brain Dynamics."
  49. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (1998).  Workshop on "Mechanisms of Drug Craving."
  50. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (1998). "Modeling Basal Ganglia Function: Implications for Drug Abuse and Parkinson’s Disease."


  1. Johns Hopkins University (2018)
  2. University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (2018)
  3. North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2018)
  4. Smithsonian Institution. Public Lecture (2017)
  5. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Eric Shullman Distinguished Public Lecture (2017)
  6. University of Sydney (2016)
  7. Oregon State University (2014)
  8. Boston ASPCA (2014)
  9. Arizona State University (2014)
  10. Sage Center for the Study of Mind and Behavior, UCSB (2012)
  11. Psychology Department, Stanford University (2011)
  12. Fox Business School, Temple University (2011)
  13. Psychology Department, University of Michigan (2011)
  14. Frank Shobe Lecture, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University (2010)
  15. Rotman Institute, University of Toronto (2009)
  16. Economics Department, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (2008)
  17. Economics Department, Emory University (2008)
  18. Psychology Department Colloqium, Emory University (2007)
  19. Series of Lectures, Economics Dept, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (2007)
  20. Seminar Series in Computation and Neural Systems, Caltech (2007)
  21. Department of Neurology Grand Rounds, Emory University (2007)
  22. Distinguished Lecture Series, Georgia State University (2007)
  23. Major Speakers in Neuroeconomics Series, Duke University (2006).
  24. Department of Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina (2006).
  25. Psychology and Economics Departments, New York University (2004).
  26. Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis (2004).
  27. Economics Department, Sloan School MIT (2003).
  28. Division of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Opening of Human Neuroimaging Laboratory (2003).
  29. Department of Psychiatry and Neurology Grand Rounds, Tulane Medical School (2003).
  30. Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Weill Medical College, Cornell University (2002).
  31. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds, Emory University School of Medicine (2001)
  32. Brain Mapping Center, UCLA (2001), "Neuroinformatics: Computational Approaches to fMRI Design."
  33. Biomedical Engineering Dept., University of California, San Diego (2001), "Neuroinformatics: Computational Approaches to fMRI Design."
  34. Princeton Workshop on Neural Economics (2000). "Neural Responses to Predictability and Uncertainty."
  35. Psychology Department, Princeton University (2000). "Beyond Phrenology: Using fMRI to Study Brain Dynamics."
  36. Division of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine (2000). "Beyond Phrenology: Using fMRI to Study Brain Dynamics."
  37. Division of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine (1998). "Computational Neuroscience Driving Neuroimaging: Studies of Basal Ganglia Function."
  38. Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh (1998). Ground Rounds, "Common Neurobiology of ADHD and Substance Abuse."
  39. Department of Psychiatry, University of Alabama, Birmingham (1998). Grand Rounds, "Imaging Cortico-Striatal Function Using Cognitive Probes."
  40. School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology (1997). "Cortico-Striatal Function in Sequence Learning."
  41. Institute for Neural Computation, University of California, San Diego & Salk Institute (1997). "PET mapping of subconscious novelty detection mechanisms in humans."
  42. Institute for Neural Computation, University of California, San Diego & Salk Institute (1995). "The Basal Ganglia: Local Memory and Automatic Sequencing."


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