Welcome to the Neuroeconomics Lab at NYU Shanghai

The mission of our lab is twofold. We leverage behavior economics and nonhuman primate neurophysiology to study the neural mechanisms of decision making in health and disease. In turn, with a deeper understanding of the brain mechanisms of decision-making, we hope to address the "anomalies" in behavioral economics through the lens of neuroscience.  


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Cai, X.* and C. Padoa-Schioppa (2019). "Neuronal evidence for good-based economic decisions under variable action costs." Nature Communications 10(1): 393. *, corresponding author


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Murray, J. D., A. Bernacchia, D. J. Freedman, R. Romo, J. D. Wallis, Cai, X., C. Padoa-Schioppa, T. Pasternak, H. Seo, D. Lee and X. J. Wang (2014). "A hierarchy of intrinsic timescales across primate cortex." Nature Neuroscience 17(12): 1661-1663.


Cai, X. and C. Padoa-Schioppa (2014). "Contributions of orbitofrontal and lateral prefrontal cortices to economic choice and the good-to-action transformation." Neuron 81(5): 1140-1151.

Cai, X. and C. Padoa-Schioppa (2012). "Neuronal encoding of subjective value in dorsal and ventral anterior cingulate cortex." Journal of Neuroscience 32(11): 3791-3808.


Cai, X., S. Kim and D. Lee (2011). "Heterogeneous coding of temporally discounted values in the dorsal and ventral striatum during intertemporal choice." Neuron 69(1): 170-182.