APA Features Financial Risk-Taking Research at CNSF Exhibition

Dr. Brian Knutson and his colleagues presented their research in the study of the neurochemical and neuroanatomical mechanisms responsible for emotional experience in the hopes of better understanding clinical disorders of affect and addiction, as well as economic behavior.

On March 24, Science GRO staff coordinated a presentation by Dr. Brian Knutson at the 15th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition. Dr. Knutson is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Stanford University.  He and his colleagues study the neurochemical and neuroanatomical mechanisms responsible for emotional experience in the hopes of better understanding clinical disorders of affect and addiction, as well as economic behavior.  On display at the Exhibition was this poster outlining his research: “The Psychology of Financial Risk-Taking: Results from FMRI Studies.”  The Exhibition, which is set-up like a scientific poster-session, was extremely well-attended. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made an appearance and gave remarks saluting the importance of science and research.  Six additional Members of Congress and large numbers of congressional staff attended to view the 31 exhibits featuring the full range of science that NSF supports. 

Science GRO arranged for Dr. Knutson to meet with his home congressional delegation to discuss NSF funding and explain the significance of research such as his.  Staff from the offices of Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein and Representative Anna Eshoo were very receptive.