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Benjamin Hayden

Assistant Professor
Brain and Cognitive Sciences

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Monique Patenaude - (585) 276-3693

Benjamin Hayden Recent News

Yahoo! News India
Curious monkeys trade 'prize' for information
February 13, 2015

Connections: The Science Roundtable
June 2, 2014

Psychology Today
Do we need work to be happy?
April 19, 2014


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. Video Highlight: Why Do Monkeys Like to Gamble? @TEDxRochester The Science Behind Self-Control

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