Meet Our Team

Principal Investigator

Anita Tusche

Dr. Anita Tusche –
I have completed my PhD in Psychology in Berlin (Germany) and continued my research as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Germany) and at the California Institute of Technology (USA).
My research program is part of an exciting, newly emerging field called neuroeconomics. My ultimate goal is to build neurally informed computational models of human decision-making that explain differences in people’s choice behaviors (e.g. dietary choice, consumer choice, and altruism). To this end, my research and teaching draws on insights and methods from psychology, neuroscience (especially fMRI), and behavioral economics. To understand the mechanism that drive differences in people’s decisions, I use computational models (e.g. multivariate pattern analyses routed in machine learning, drift diffusion models) together with data collected in computer experiments, measurements of eye-movements that indicate what people pay attention to, and functional and structural brain data. Download CV (PDF-File, ~250kB)

Graduate Students

Lisa Bas

Lisa Bas – I received degrees in Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and the University of Bern (Switzerland). In Switzerland, I worked as a research assistant investigating individual differences of peer influence on control-averse behavior and its underlying neural basis. Now, as a PhD student in the Queen’s Neuroeconomics Lab, I focus on how attention influences people’s decisions and social interactions. I am particularly interested in the complex neural and computational processes involved across choice domains.


John-Dennis Parsons

John-Dennis Parsons – I first began to explore the mysteries of the mind during my studies in cognitive science at Carleton University, where I researched the human capacity to reason using analogies. I chose to join Professor Tusche in the Neuroeconomics lab because I believe that modelling the human decision process is important now more than ever – in an increasingly globalized world, our decisions can have widespread impacts. More specifically, I am interested in how the brain attributes value to things in its environment – such as places, possessions and people – and the weight this value holds when we must choose. Fun fact – I was first introduced to (and captivated by) the expanding universe of cognitive neuroscience by David Eagleman’s book “Incognito”.

Undergraduate Students

Serena Geng – I’ve worked on several independent research projects in China, Japan, and England where I examined workplace & individual wellbeing, romantic relationships, and deep disagreements. Currently, I’m doing my thesis at the Neuroeconomics Lab with particular interests in altruistic decision-making & spirituality. In my free time, I enjoy long walks in nature, listening to podcasts (The Tim Ferriss Show!), and watching film analysis videos of films I’ve never watched. Fun fact – I lived in a Buddhist monastery for a month in an attempt to further explore my own mind.

Rahul Patel – I come from a small town by the name of Campbellford, located in Ontario. Currently, I am a fourth year psychology major writing a thesis in the Neuroeconomics Lab. Drawing from previous experiences in supporting others, my research interests include the decision-making processes surrounding empathy and altruistic/prosocial behaviours. In my free time, I like to make charcuterie boards and other fun dishes with my peers!


Alumni

Luke Bertolucci
Luke Bertolucci (thesis student)