Neurosciences Institute researcher gets grant to look at decision-making

Stephen Cowen, Ph.D., an associate fellow in experimental neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute, has been awarded $75,000 by The Blasker-Rose-Miah Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

This grant will provide partial funding to support his work to understand the neural basis of cost-benefit decision-making by measuring the electrical activities of neurons in animals. Cowen’s research focuses on the frontal cortex, a region of the brain known to be important in the decision-making process.

Although progress has been made in understanding how rewards influence choices, little is known about the neural processes involved in calculating costs, and even less is known about how cost and benefit information is integrated during deliberation. His efforts may lead to better treatments and therapies for addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Parkinson’s disease.

SOURCE: Press Release

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