Ben Hayden, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience


Ben Hayden is an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. His lab studies the role of the brain activity in making reward-based decisions, and in changing strategies in demanding circumstances. They do this with recordings of activity of populations of neurons in subjects making and adjusting simple decisions. They then compare these patterns with those obtained from subjects exposed to cocaine for long periods of times. This research contributes to a basic understanding of the brain circuitry of drug addiction.


Research Summary/Interests

The study of decision-making and executive control


Wang, MZ & Hayden, BY 2019, 'Monkeys are curious about counterfactual outcomes' Cognition, vol. 189, pp. 1-10.

Wang, MZ & Hayden, BY 2019, 'Beyond "incentive hope": Information sampling and learning under reward uncertainty' Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 42, e56.

Hayden, BY 2018, 'Economic choice: the foraging perspective' Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, vol. 24, pp. 1-6.

Yoo, SBM & Hayden, BY 2018, 'Economic Choice as an Untangling of Options into Actions' Neuron, vol. 99, no. 3, pp. 434-447.

Cash-Padgett, T, Azab, H, Yoo, SBM & Hayden, BY 2018, 'Opposing pupil responses to offered and anticipated reward values' Animal Cognition, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 671-684.

Alonso-Díaz, S, Piantadosi, ST, Hayden, BY & Cantlon, JF 2018, 'Intrinsic whole number bias in humans' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 44, no. 9, pp. 1472-1481.

Yoo, SBM, Sleezer, BJ & Hayden, BY 2018, 'Robust encoding of spatial information in orbitofrontal cortex and striatum' Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 898-913.

Farashahi, S, Azab, H, Hayden, BY & Soltani, A 2018, 'On the flexibility of basic risk attitudes in monkeys' Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 38, no. 18, pp. 4383-4398.

Pirrone, A, Azab, H, Hayden, BY, Stafford, T & Marshall, JAR 2018, 'Brief report: Evidence for the speed-value trade-off: Human and monkey decision making is magnitude sensitive' Decision, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 129-142.

Blanchard, TC, Piantadosi, ST & Hayden, BY 2018, 'Robust mixture modeling reveals category-free selectivity in reward region neuronal ensembles' Journal of neurophysiology, vol. 119, no. 4, pp. 1305-1318.