Decision Making Studies

How Do Humans Make Decisions?

Decision making is commonly known as a willed process, however recent evidence suggests that other mechanisms are also contributory. 


Additionally, contemporary and classic language reference the heart as a source of decision making, yet science knows very little about the heart's role in this quick contemplative process. 

The Investigation

We are investigating the functionality of the visual system in emotion related and semantic category decision making.


We are also examining momentary heart-generated electrical activity in attempt to evaluate its potential role in decision making.

Publications and Conferences

Publications coming soon!


Upcoming Conferences (accepted): 

*Krieger, O., Theodorou, A., Bengson, J.J. (2017, November).  Feed-forward visual lateralization predicts emotion-related decisional expectancies. Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM) Conference, Vancouver.  


*Theodorou, A., Krieger, O., Bengson, J.J. (2017, November).  Neural activity in the visual cortex predicts semantic decisions. Object Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) Conference, Vancouver.  


*Krieger, O., Theodorou, A., Bengson, J.J. (2017, October). Lateralized activity in the visual cortex predicts emotion-related decisional expectancies. Optical Society of America (OSA) Fall Vision Conference, Washington, D.C. 


Upcoming Conferences (submitted):

*Theodorou, A., Krieger, O., Bengson, J.J. (2017, November). Neural activity in the visual cortex predicts semantic decisions. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly, Pamona.

*Krieger, O., Theodorou, A., Bengson, J.J. (2017, November). Lateralized activity in the visual cortex predicts emotion-related decisional expectancies. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly, Pamona.  


Past Conferences: 

*Krieger, O., *Theodorou, A., Bengson, J.J. (2017, April). The Role of Heart Generated Electrical Activity in Decision-Making. SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium, Fresno. 


*Krieger, O., *Theodorou, A., Bengson, J.J. (2017, April). The Role of Heart Generated Activity and Sensory Response in Decision-Making. Spartan Psychological Association Research Conference (SPARC), San Jose.  

 

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