Paul Glimcher is Director at NYU’s Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making, and professor of Neural Science, Economics and Psychology, at New York University. Paul’s post-doctoral training was in oculomotor physiology, where he worked with Prof. David Sparks, researching the brainstem and mesencephalic nuclei that control eye rotations. Paul uncovered evidence that structures participating in the execution of saccadic eye movements might be involved in planning those movements as well. Evidence of this type has been accumulating throughout the neuraxis, but few signals have been associated with any one of the covert processes postulated to intervene between sensation and action.
As a result, over the past decade, Paul’s laboratory has focused on the identification and characterization of signals that intervene between the neural processes that engage in sensory encoding and the neural processes that engage in movement generation. These are the signals which must, in principle, underlie decision-making. Paul’s laboratory studies these processes using a variety of tools that are drawn from the fields of neuroscience, economics and psychology, and his methodologies range from single neuron electrophysiology to fMRI to game theory. In a similar way, members of Paul’s laboratory include scientists with primary training in neurobiology, economics, and psychology.