Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neurobiology
I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying decision-making in humans, in individual differences in these mechanisms, and in the possible contribution of decision traits to pathological behavior. Our research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty, and on value learning and encoding. To study these topics we combine behavioral economics methods with functional MRI, as well as eye tracking and physiological measurements.
Dr. Pushkarskaya focuses on neurobiology of individual differences in decision making under uncertainty (risk, ambiguity, conflict and ignorance) in healthy and clinical populations. The most recent group of projects investigates abnormal patterns in preferences toward uncertainty in Obsessive...
I joined the decision lab as a postdoctoral associate in 2010, after graduating with a PhD in cognitive psychology from Tel Aviv University in Israel. My current projects revolve around decision making under uncertainty across the lifespan and across different modalities, using behavioral and...
I joined the decision lab as a postdoc in 2012 to study the neurobiology of risky and impulsive decision making. My current projects include a) using GSR to understand physiological responses to decision-making under risk and uncertainty, b) the role of impulsivity, and the effect of stress on...
I am a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale. Prior to Yale, I received my B.S. in biological sciences from Tsinghua University, China. I am interested in the neural representation of reward and punishment, the behavioral and neural bases of complex social behavior, the neural processing of food-associated stimuli in naturalistic contexts, as well as reward learning in obesity.
I'm a Visiting Researcher with the Levy Lab. After receiving my B.A. from Yale University in 2004 and my PhD from Yale University in 2012, I completed a post-doc in Greg McCarthy’s Human Neuroscience Lab. My doctoral thesis work investigated whether non-human primates share our economic biases.
I am a VA Research Psychologist and Associate Research Scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine. My research uses psychophysiology, psychopharmacology, and neuroendocrinology to explore the mechanisms of stress, fear, and learning & memory, especially in PTSD patients.
I received my B.S. from Ohio State University in 2005 and M.A. at the University of Chicago in 2008. I am currently enrolled in the Behavioral Neuroscience graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I will be studying value-based decision-making as it pertains to motivation and self-control. I am particularly interested how mind/brain alters valuations that affect motivation in a manner that is non-conscious or seemingly out of our control.