I am interested in understanding how people make decisions, and in tracing out the underlying psychological and neural mechanisms of choice. Research in my lab employs an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on methods and ideas from social and cognitive neuroscience, experimental economics, and personality psychology. Recently we have used fMRI to show how the subjective value people place on immediate and delayed rewards is represented in a common neural currency. Some broad questions motivating our current research include: How seriously do people’s choices deviate from rational choice theory, and what do the neural value signals in such situations help explain about these deviations? How does decision making differ across individuals, and what are the sources—psychological, genetic, neural—of such individual differences?
PSYC 160 Personality
PSYC 473 Neuroeconomics
Psychology Graduate Group; Neuroscience Graduate Group
Cooper, N. S., Kable, J. W., Kim, K., and Zauberman, G. (in press). Brain activity in valuation regions while thinking about the future predicts individual discount rates. Journal of Neuroscience.
Bartra, O., McGuire, J. T., and Kable, J.W. (2013). The valuation system: A coordinate-based meta-analysis of BOLD fMRI experiments examining neural correlates of subjective value. NeuroImage, 76: 412–427. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.02.063. PMID: 23507394.
McGuire, J. T., and Kable, J.W. (2013). Rational temporal predictions can underlie apparent failures to delay gratification. Psychological Review, 120: 395-410. doi:10.1037/a0031910. PMID: 23458085.
Senecal, N., Wang, T., Thompson, E., and Kable, J. W. (2012). Normative arguments from experts and peers reduce delay discounting. Judgment and Decision Making, 7: 566-589. PMCID: PMC3626281.
Kim, B. E., Seligman, D., and Kable, J. W. (2012). Preference reversals in decision-making under risk are accompanied by changes in attention to different attributes. Frontiers in Neuroscience 6:109. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00109
McGuire, J. T., and Kable, J.W. (2012). Decision makers calibrate behavioral persistence on the basis of time-interval experience. Cognition, 124: 216-226. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2012.03.008
Camille, N., Griffiths, C. A., Vo, K., Fellows, L. K., Kable, J. W. (2011). Ventromedial frontal lobe damage disrupts value maximization in humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 31: 7527-7532.
Kable, J. W., and Glimcher, P. W. (2010). An "as soon as possible" effect in human intertemporal decision making: Behavioral evidence and neural mechanisms. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103:2513-2531.
Kable, J.W., and Glimcher, P.W. (2009). The neurobiology of decision: Consensus and Controversy, Neuron, 63(6):733-745.
Kable, J. W., and Glimcher, P. W. (2007). The neural correlates of subjective value during intertemporal choice. Nature Neuroscience, 10, 1625-1633.
Glimcher, P. W, Kable, J. W., and Louie, K. (2007). Neuroeconomic studies of impulsivity: Now or just as soon as possible? American Economic Review, 97, 142-147.