Psychology Colloquia

Departmental Event

Start Date: Sep 25, 2020 - 09:00am
End Date: Sep 25, 2020 - 10:00am

Location: Zoom

Dr. Jeremy Hogeveen will give a talk followed by a brief Question and Answer period. 

Zoom link: (meeting ID: 926 6628 9850)

Title:  Exploration and Exploitation in Human Decision Making

How do we know when to try new things instead of sticking with a familiar option? When making decisions in an uncertain world, humans regularly have to balance the motivations to choose familiar, rewarding options (i.e., ‘exploiting’), versus the need to learn about novel options with an unknown reward value (i.e., ‘exploring’). This talk will dive deep into research being conducted in my laboratory on the neural computations that help us manage this ‘explore-exploit’ tradeoff. In particular, I will highlight our work on how developmental factors, brain injury, alcohol use disorder, and alexithymia can modulate these computations.

Jeremy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UNM. Before joining UNM he completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and postdoctoral training at Northwestern University medical school in Chicago and the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. Jeremy’s research aims to use brain imaging to understand the normal functioning of neural circuits underlying emotion and decision making, their role in health and disease, and the potential impact of targeted noninvasive stimulation of these circuits.


All faculty and studets are welcome; first-year grad students are expected to participate.