We study decision making because the choices we make define our very identity. However, choices are simply behavioral endpoints, and we are much more interested in the journeys themselves. How do we estimate uncertainty? How do we deliberate? How do emotions influence deliberation? In short, how do we think about what we want?
The neural mechanisms of thinking are implemented by highly complex networks comprised of cell type specific neural circuits. Therefore, we also study the molecular properties of primate neurons and devise cell type specific targeting strategies for studying circuits during behavior.