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Director

Cendri Hutcherson is the director of the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment in the Department of Marketing at the Rotman School of Management and membership in the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science. She received degrees in psychology from Harvard (B.A.) and Stanford (Ph.D.), and spent several years as a post-doctoral scholar studying neuroeconomics at the California Institute of Technology. She loves the deep philosophical implications of neuroscience and psychology, and also the pretty brain pictures.   CV

Lab Manager

Nabeela Syeda is in her second year, specializing in Mental Health Studies with a minor in Applied Statistics. She is passionate about various topics in psychology, including decision-making, pathologies of the brain, and clinical psychology. When Nabeela isn't spending time studying, she can be found poring over a mystery novel or spending time with her family and friends. Nabeela hopes to pursue further studies in clinical and counselling psychology and help others as a psychotherapist.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Azadeh HajiHosseini is a postdoctoral fellow in the the Decision Neuroscience Lab. She is interested in the neural correlates of decision making, learning, and cognitive control. She uses EEG, behavior, and computational models to study brain oscillations during such cognitive processes. She is also interested in studying how electrical stimulation or neuropsychiatric disorders alter brain oscillations and how that might influence cognition.


Ian Roberts is a postdoctoral fellow in the Decision Neuroscience lab. He uses a mixture of behavioral, pharmacological, neuroimaging, and computational techniques to investigate how people make decisions, particularly interpersonal choices regarding altruism, trust, fairness, and reciprocity. He is especially interested in understanding the role of emotion in decision-making processes.

Graduate Students

Hause Lin is in the Ph.D. program in Psychology at U of T. He works primarily with Michael Inzlicht, examining the neurophysiological correlates of decision making, conflict, and self-control. He likes to make R compute things, and in our lab he builds drift diffusion models of moral resistance to temptation.


Yi Yang (Yang) Teoh is a third-year student in the graduate program in Psychology at U of T. He received his B.A.Sc degree in Cognitive Science and Philosophy from McGill University. He is interested in the cognitive mechanisms of morality: particularly moral rule acquisition and decision-making in moral conflict. When not working on research, he’s either diving into classical Greek texts or prancing around a ballet studio.


Daniel Wilson is a third-year student in the graduate program in Psychology at U of T. In his previous life, he was an artist and documentary film-maker. Now he makes machines learn things, and people, too! Check out his psychology blog if you get a chance!

Research Assistants

Nafisa Anwar is a third year student specializing in Mental Health. She is dedicated in the field of experimental research and is especially interested in the way decisions, emotions, beliefs, and behaviours affect cognitive development and specific actions among individuals in society. When she’s not busy cramming for her studies, she adores spending time with her friends and family, and being whisked away into the world of good novels and filling up sketchbooks. As she is unsure of what the future holds, Nafisa hopes to ultimately pursue psychotherapy.


Mozelle Espiritu is in her third year doing a double major in Neuroscience and Mental Health Studies, and a minor in French. She is interested in topics such as clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with friends and discover new places to eat. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology or pursue a physician assistant program.


Sunny Raval is in his fourth year, specializing in Neuroscience. He is especially interested in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral psychology. As part of his Budding Scholar Project, he works alongside a team investigating the way we exert self-control when choosing what to eat. Apart from school, Sunny loves to draw, volunteer and make people laugh!


Ayesha Saleem is a third year student doing a double major in Psychology and Health Studies. She is interested in various areas in psychology including decision making, human behaviour, and clinical psychology. When she is not studying, she is most likely to be found exploring new cafes in the city. She hopes to pursue clinical and counselling psychology in the future and work in the field of psychotherapy.


Brian Wu is in his second year majoring in neuroscience and psychology. He is interested in cognitive neuroscience, behavioural psychology, and neuroendocrinology. During his spare time, he likes to swim, read, and spend time with friends. He hopes to pursue research regarding cognitive neuroscience in his future studies.


Aqsa Zahid is in her second year, specializing in Mental Health Studies. She is interested in many different psychological topics such as decision making, memory, psychosis, schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury. She spends most of her time working on research projects, volunteering and studying. Aqsa is very passionate about her academics and is working towards becoming a clinical psychologist in the future.


Lab Alumni

Devin Bonk
Ayaan Chaudhury
Tiancheng (Steven) Gu
Vignash Tharmaratnam