Principal Investigator 


Paul Glimcher, PhD

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Research Assistant Professor


Kenway Louie, MD PhD

My research revolves around the neural computations that underlie learning and decision-making. In particular, I am interested in neural coding - how the activities of populations of neurons represent and process the variables that guide the behavior of the organism. Current research centers on how reward, value, and choice intersect in time-discounted decision-making. Away from the lab, my thoughts drift to mountaintops, open highways, and days by the sea.

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Assistant to the Director


Ruby Chen

Ruby Chen is the Assistant to the Director for the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making (IISDM) at New York University. Ruby provides administrative assistance, serving as the primary contact for all internal and external matters regarding the Director’s schedule and communications. She is responsible for managing meetings, coordinating faculty and researchers’ visits, and overseeing special projects for the Director. Ruby also manages a diverse portfolio of IISDM projects at NYU Shanghai, assisting the Director with his key roles there and working with the on-site team to coordinate events, like the biennial Shanghai Neuroeconomics Collective Summer School and the monthly Shanghai Neuroeconomics Colloquia series.

Before her position at IISDM, Ruby worked in Sino-U.S. joint venture programs in higher education for both American and Chinese partners. She has worked both in China and the U.S. as a Dean’s Assistant, President’s Interpreter, Immigrant Consulting Specialist, Global Trainer in China visa policy, Instructional Technologist, etc. Her responsibilities range from academic management to administration. Ruby Chen received an M.S. from New York Institute of Technology in Instructional Technology.

Research Staff

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Angelica Vina-Albarracin

I received an M.A in Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience from Columbia University. Before joining the Glimcher Lab as laboratory manager, I researched Alzheimer’s disease and child development, studying the effects of the environment and early-life stress on brain development. In general, I am interested in the environmental, neuroendocrine, and neural mechanisms that underlie differences in brain development and behavior. I am passionate about science and knowledge. Outside the lab, I am a music aficionado, attempting to learn to play the violin, and enjoying anything dancing and painting related.


Vanessa Correa

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Andrea Bell

I received my B.A. in Economics-Mathematics. I am currently working as a research assistant, studying decision making processes among drug-addicted populations, and in particular, how these processes evolve over time. In my spare time you can find me exploring the great outdoors!

Postdoctoral Fellows


Candace Raio, PhD

My research program is focused on understanding the cognitive, neural and computational mechanisms that support behavioral control and flexibility, and to identify how these processes are affected by exposure to stress, which is pervasive in daily life. Specifically, I aim to understand (1) how we flexibly respond to threats and rewards; (2) how we engage higher-order control to guide adaptive decision-making; and (3) how changes in our environmental or affective states shape these decisions. To achieve this, I have adopted a multidisciplinary approach that uses a range of methodological techniques, including psychophysiology, neuroendocrinology, neuroimaging, and computational modeling, as well as experimental paradigms informed by learning models and economic decision theory. My work is currently supported by an independent NIMH postdoctoral fellowship as well as a NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

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Lexie Mellis, PhD

My research investigates the relationship between the environment and decision-making in addiction and relapse.  


Bo Shen, PhD

I received my Ph.D. degree in psychology from Peking University, China. I have been focusing on topics of economic and social decision-making in respect of their neural and computational mechanisms. Recently, my work focuses on uncovering the mechanisms of how human brain adapts its representation of decision values according to the environment and how that shapes economic decision-making behaviors. Outside the lab, please find me on the road of running, hiking, and taking beautiful photos.

Graduate Students


Benjamin Lu

I am interested in the neuroscience of political preference formation and the mechanisms that contribute to our changing political preferences. I hope this research can be parleyed into insights about shaping opinions and pro-social behavior. Talk to me about games, both theory and video.


Stefan Bucher

My research examines how human decision making is shaped by computational constraints on attention and information processing. I draw on tools from economics as well as neuroscience to build computational models of decision making, with a particular focus on constraining these mathematical theories experimentally. I also like playing with waves, both sound and water!

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