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Conte Meeting and the Human Single-Unit Meeting

In the 5th year of our Conte Center, we are hosting two conferences at Caltech that will feature the science of the Conte Center as well as invited guest lectures. 

Is Risk-Taking Behavior Contagious?

Why do we sometimes decide to take risks and other times choose to play it safe? In a new study, Caltech researchers explored the neural mechanisms of one possible explanation: a contagion effect.

Creating Generosity

Researchers have long wondered what mechanisms and motives underlie altruism and what can be done to increase generous behavior.

Switching On One-Shot Learning in the Brain

Caltech researchers find the brain regions responsible for jumping to conclusions!

How the Brain Learns from the Past and Makes Good Decisions for the Future: A Tour of Neural Reinforcement Learning

John P. O'Doherty, professor of psychology and director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center, discusses our current understanding of how we learn from experience.

Cake or Carrots? Timing May Decide What You'll Nosh On

When you open the refrigerator for a late-night snack, are you more likely to grab a slice of chocolate cake or a bag of carrot sticks?

Pinpointing the Brain’s Arbitrator

We tend to be creatures of habit. In fact, the human brain has a learning system that is devoted to guiding us through routine, or habitual, behaviors.

Assessing Others: Evaluating the Expertise of Humans and Computer Algorithms

How do we come to recognize expertise in another person and integrate new information with our prior assessments of that person's ability?

Focusing on Faces

Researchers find neurons in amygdala of autistic individuals have reduced sensitivity to eye region of others' faces.

What Causes Some to Participate in Bubble Markets?

During financial bubbles, such as the one that centered around the U.S. housing market and triggered the Great Recession, some investors react differently than others.