Research Abstract

Economic choice takes place when individuals make choices solely based on subjective preferences—for example out of a restaurant menu. Choice behavior is a traditional focus in economics and psychology, and a large body of work shows that human choices suffer from various “fallacies”. Economic choice is also important from a medical perspective, as choice deficits are often observed in patients with neurological disorders of the frontal lobe and in addiction... read more

Selected Publications

    • Ballesta S*, Shi W*, Conen KE and Padoa-Schioppa C (2020). Values encoded in orbitofrontal cortex are causally related to economic choices. Nature 588, 450-453. (* equal contribution)
    • Kuwabara M, Kang N, Holy TE and Padoa-Schioppa C (2020). Neural mechanisms of economic choices in mice. eLife 2020, 9, e49669.
    • Rustichini A, Conen KE, Cai X and Padoa-Schioppa C (2017). Optimal coding and neuronal adaptation in economic decisions. Nature Communications 8, 1208.
    • Xie J and Padoa-Schioppa C (2016). Neuronal remapping and circuit persistence in economic decisions. Nature Neuroscience 19: 855-61. PMCID 4882218
    • Padoa-Schioppa C (2013). Neuronal origins of choice variability in economic decisions. Neuron 80, 1322-36. PMCID 3857585
    • Padoa-Schioppa C (2009). Range-adapting representation of economic value in the orbitofrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 29, 14004-14. PMCID 19890010
    • Padoa-Schioppa C and Assad JA (2006). Neurons in orbitofrontal cortex encode economic value. Nature 441, 223-226. PMCID 16177830

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Camillo Padoa-Schioppa, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Washington University
School of Medicine
Campus Box 8108
East McDonnell Medical Sciences, 312
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 747-2253


Padoa-Schioppa Lab

Other Information

1996 Laurea (MS), Statistical Physics , Universita’ La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

2002 PhD, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2008 Post-doctorate, Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

Selected Honors
2003-2004 Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Postdoctoral Fellowship

2005-2007 Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Postdoctoral Fellowship

2005-2007 Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)

2007-2011 Pathway to Independence Award (National Institute of Mental Health)

2010-2013 Whitehall Foundation Research Grant

2011 Society for Neuroeconomics Young Investigator Award

2015 Washington University School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award