Mauricio Delgado

mauricio delgado

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Department of Psychology
101 Warren Street, Smith Hall, Rm. 340
Newark, NJ 07102, USA
Office: (973)353-5440, ext. 3949
Lab: (973)353-5440, ext. 1827
Fax: (973)353-1171
E-mail: delgado at(@)

Research Interests

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).

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Selected Publications

Speer ME & Delgado MR. (2017) Reminiscing about positive memories buffers acute stress responses. Nature Human Behaviour. 1, 0093.

Smith, D.V., Rigney, A.E., Delgado, M.R. (2016). Distinct reward properties are encoded via corticostriatal interactions. Scientific Reports. 6:20093.

Fareri DS, Chang LJ, Delgado MR. (2015). Computational substrates of social value in interpersonal collaboration. J Neurosci. 35(21):8170-80.

Bhanji JP, Delgado MR. (2014). Perceived control influences neural responses to setbacks and promotes persistence. Neuron. 83(6):1369-75.

Speer ME, Bhanji JP, Delgado MR. (2014). Savoring the past: positive memories evoke value representations in the striatum. Neuron. 84(4):847-56.

Fareri DS, Niznikiewicz MA, Lee VK, Delgado MR. (2012). Social network modulation of reward-related signals. J Neurosci. 32(26):9045-52.

Leotti LA, Delgado MR. (2011). The inherent reward of choice. Psychol Sci. 22(10):1310-8.

Schiller D, Delgado MR. (2010) Overlapping neural systems mediating extinction, reversal and regulation of fear. Trends Cogn Sci. (6):268-76.

Porcelli, A.J. & Delgado, M.R. (2009) Acute stress modulates risk taking in financial decision-making. Psychological Science, 20(3): 278-283.

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

Delgado, M.R. (2007) Reward-related responses in the human striatum. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1104: 70-88.

Delgado MR, Nystrom LE, Fissell C, Noll DC, Fiez JA. (2000). Tracking the hemodynamic responses to reward and punishment in the striatum. J Neurophysiol. 84 (6):3072-7.