How do we make decisions?

How do we feel about the outcomes of those decisions?

My research on the human brain addresses these questions. Feelings of happiness and sadness are central to conscious human experience, but we still know little about the neural mechanisms that lead to those feelings. My recent research has focussed on developing a computational and neural model of happiness linking rewards and expectations to subjective feelings.

I am a Senior Research Associate at University College London working with Ray Dolan and Peter Dayan. I do my research at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and I am also affiliated with the new Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. My research combines computational modelling with phamacology, neuroimaging, and neurophysiology to study healthy people of all ages and people suffering from depression. I previously worked at New York University with Paul Glimcher and University of Washington with Paul Phillips.

My colleagues and I developed The Great Brain Experiment. Download it for iPhone or Android to participate in our research. Play the game 'What makes me happy?' to contribute to my research on decision-making and well-being. 

Contact: robb.rutledge (at)