Bolton Chau, Ph.D. (PolyU)

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Multiple neural mechanisms underlying decision making


Decision making in real lives often involve considerations between many options. However, our knowledge of decision neuroscience is mainly based on experiments that ask people to choose between two items. In this talk, I will discuss how the presence of a third option have dissociable influences on neural signals of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and parietal cortex. In addition, in the prefrontal cortex it has been proposed that there is a hierarchical posterior-to-anterior organization that is based on the level of abstractness of mental representations. I will talk about a recent study demonstrating that, depending on the horizon and complexity of choice, vmPFC and frontopolar cortex (FPC) show distinct contributions to decision making.

Speaker Bio

Bolton Chau is Assistant Professor of Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his DPhil from University of Oxford. He also received his MPhil and BSc from The University of Hong Kong. Bolton was selected as APS Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2019. Bolton’s research focuses on neural mechanisms of multiple option decision making.



Mar 16 2021


1:30 PM - 2:45 PM


Categories: Neuroeconomics Colloquium


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