Mauricio Delgado

Mauricio Delgado


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Office Location

Rutgers University, Psychology Department

101 Warren Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Smith Hall Room 324

Office Hours

M 10:00AM-11:00AM

Research Initiatives

Research in the lab focuses on the interaction of emotion and cognition in the human brain during learning and decision making. We use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in conjunction with physiological and behavioral measures to investigate: 1) How the human brain learns about value (rewards and punishments); 2) How the brain uses this information to make decisions and guide behavior; and 3) How humans control or regulate their emotions to facilitate learning and decision-making. Studies range from simple processes that can be mapped on to current animal studies (e.g., learning that a stimulus predicts a reward), to more complex processes displayed during social interaction in everyday behavior (e.g., learning to trust someone during an economic exchange).


Delgado, M.R., Schotter, A., Ozbay, E., Phelps, E.A. (2008) Understanding overbidding: Using the neural circuitry of reward to design economic auctions. Science, 321(5897): 1849-1852.

Delgado, M.R., Li, J., Schiller, D., Phelps, E.A. (2008) The role of the striatum in aversive learning and aversive prediction errors. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 363, 3787-3800.

Delgado, M.R., Nearing, K.I., LeDoux, J.E., Phelps, E.A. (2008) Neural circuitry underlying the regulation of conditioned fear and its relation to extinction. Neuron, 59(5): 829-838.

Fareri, D.S., Martin, L.N., Delgado, M.R. (2008) Reward-related processing in the human brain: Developmental considerations. Development & Psychopathology, 20(4): 1191-1211.

Delgado, M.R., Carson, M.M., Phelps, E.A. (2008) Regulating the expectation of reward. Nature Neuroscience, 11 (8): 880-881.