Michael Platt, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-668-0332

Rm. B243F LSRC Building
Research Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Email: platt AT neuro DOT duke DOT edu

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Professor; Director, Duke Institute for Brain Science, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience


Neurobiology, School of Medicine

DIBS Faculty, Member, DIBS Center, D-CIDES Member

Research Description

The Platt lab is interested in the brain mechanisms responsible for making decisions, approached with a panoply of behavioral, neurophysiological, neuroimaging, pharmacological, and genetic techniques. Current research topics include (1) decision making under uncertainty, (2) social decision making, (3) outcome monitoring and learning from previous choices, (4) the explore/exploit dilemma, (5) anchoring and adjustment, and (6) developmental and genetic contributions to individual variation in choice behavior.


Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University, Center for Neural Science

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1994

B.A., Yale University, 1989

Recent Publications

Hayden, B.Y., Pearson, J., and Platt, M.L. 2011. Neuronal basis of sequential foraging decisions in the macaque. Nature Neuroscience. In press.

Pearson, J., Heilbronner, S.J., Barack, D.L., Hayden, B.Y., and Platt, M.L. 2011. Posterior cingulate cortex: Adapting behavior to a changing world. Trends in Cognitive Science. In press.

Chang, S., Winecoff, A., and Platt, M.L. 2011. Vicarious reinforcement in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience. In press.

Hayden, B.Y., Heilbronner, S.R., Pearson, J.M., and Platt, M.L. 2011. Surprise signals in anterior cingulate cortex: neuronal encoding of unsigned reward prediction errors driving adjustments in behavior. J. Neurosci. In press.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Neural basis of decision-making
  • Neural basis of social behavior
  • Evolution of cognition