Decision-Making Studies

How Do Humans Make Decisions?

VISUAL/NEURAL:

Decision-making is commonly known as a top-down cognitive process (a willed process), however recent evidence suggests that bottom-up processes (sensory/automatic) are also involved. 


HEART-GENERATED ACTIVITY:

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 ongoing neural activity and 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!


Conferences: 

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


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


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


*Theodorou, A., Krieger, O., Bengson, J.J. (2017, November). Visual cortex activity indicates semantic decisional expectancies for animate categories. Poster presentation. Object Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) Conference, Vancouver.  


*Krieger, O., *Theodorou, A., Bengson, J.J. (2017, April). The role of heart-generated electrical activity in decision-making. Talk presentation. SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium, Fresno.  


*Krieger, O., *Theodorou, A., Bengson, J.J. (2017, April). Sensory response and heart-generated electrical activity in decision-making. Poster presentation. Spartan Psychological Association Research Conference (SPARC), San Jose.      



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