Pearl Chiu teaches at the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and in the Virginia Tech Carilion Institute in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Chiu’s research team studies the neuroscience of how, when, and why humans make and change their decisions. Using functional neuroimaging, behavioral tasks, and quantitative analytic methods, Dr. Chiu’s group aims both to understand the brain mechanisms involved in healthy decision-making and to specify how these pathways may be disrupted and repaired in disorders such as depression and addiction that affect decision-making.
Dr. Chiu was a recipient of a Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the National Institute of Mental Health, and her work has been published in outlets including American Journal of Psychiatry, Neuron, Biological Psychiatry, and Nature Neuroscience.
Areas of Expertise: Decision-Making, Decision Neuroscience, Computational Psychiatry, Depression, Substance Dependence, Social Influences on Decision-Making, Motivation and Incentives
Location: Roanoke, VA
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