Mauricio Delgado

mauricio delgado

Associate Professor
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

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.

Delgado, M.R. & Dilmore, J.G. (2008) Social and emotional influences on decision-making and the brain. Minn. J.L. Sci & Tech., 9 (2): 899-912.

Balleine, B.W., Delgado, M.R., Hikosaka, O. (2007) The role of dorsal striatum in reward and decision-making. Journal of Neuroscience, 27: 8159-8160.

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

Sharot, T., Martorella, E.A., Delgado, M.R., Phelps, E.A. (2007) How personal experience modulates the neural circuitry of memories of September 11. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 104(1): 389-394.

Delgado, M.R., Labouliere, C.D., Phelps, E.A. (2006) Fear of losing money? Aversive conditioning with secondary reinforcers. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 1: 250-259.

Delgado, M.R., Olsson, A., Phelps, E.A. (2006). Extending animal models of fear conditioning to humans. Biological Psychology (in press).

Tricomi, E.M., Delgado, M.R., McCandliss, B.D., McClelland, J.L., Fiez, J.A. (2006) Performance feedback drives caudate activation in a perceptual learning task Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18: 1029-1043

Delgado, M.R., Frank, R.H., Phelps, E.A. (2005). Perceptions of moral character modulate the neural systems of reward during the trust game. Nature Neuroscience, 8 (11): 1611-1618.

Wilson, S.J., Sayette, M.A., Delgado, M.R., Fiez, J.A. (2005). Instructed smoking expectancy modulates cue-elicited neural activity: A preliminary study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 7 (4):637-645.

Delgado, M.R., Miller, M.M, Inati, S., Phelps, E.A. (2005). An fMRI study of reward-related probability learning. NeuroImage, 24 (3):862-73.