PI: David Smith

David V. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Dr. Smith received his B.S. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006. He then worked with Dr. Scott Huettel at Duke University and completed his Ph.D. in 2012. Dr. Smith also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Mauricio Delgado at Rutgers University in 2016.

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on the brain mechanisms that shape how humans respond to social and economic rewards in various contexts. To examine these issues, he combines functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with analytical techniques that quantify how multiple brain regions contribute to behavior. He is a member of the following organizations: Association for Psychological Science, Cognitive Neuroscience Society; Society for Neuroscience; Organization for Human Brain Mapping; Society for Neuroeconomics; and Social & Affective Neuroscience Society. His work is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Graduate Students


Lindsey Tepfer

Lindsey is a second year masters student in Cognitive Neuroscience program at Temple University. She did her undergraduate at TU majoring in Neuroscience and Biological Anthropology, with a minor in psychology. She’s interested in topics such as decision making, value assessment, and social neuroscience. In her free time, she likes to lift weights, try new Philly restaurants, and watch the Twin Peaks series.



Jeff Dennison

Jeff is a first year doctoral student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program at Temple University. He hopes to use his time in the lab using a subjective-value framework to study the cognitive and biological processes underlying human decision-making across different domains. He received his masters degree at New York University and his bachelors degree at Hawaii Pacific University studying Psychology. He likes to use his time outside of the lab playing music, board games, and his dog.



Research Assistants

Victoria Kelly

Victoria is the lab manager.  She is currently studying choice overload, social influences on decision making, and choice delegation using behavioral and imaging methods.  She graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2015 before working in multiple labs at Georgia State. Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing with other people’s dogs.

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Benjamin Muzekari

Ben is a research assistant interested in using brain stimulation and neuroimaging techniques to study the neural mechanisms of social interaction. He is also interested in analyzing human behavior through the digital footprint. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing soccer, reading books, and scrolling through his academic twitter feed.

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Matt Slipenchuk

Matt is a research assistant in the lab interested in computational neuroscience and transcranial non-invasive stimulation. He is a mathematics and computer science undergraduate. He wants to advance artificial neural networks from insights gained from human neural mechanisms of learning, memory and decision making. When he’s not doing research, he likes playing the guitar and cook for his friends and family.





Anna Giacomucci (Temple University)

Brijai Varma (University of Pittsburgh)

Srikar Katta (Temple University)

Rachael Kinmartin (Temple University)

Marc Cipriaso (Temple University)

Adam Lang (Temple University)

Dane Hafler (Temple University)

Ram Rallapalli (Temple University)

Gemma Goldstein (Temple University)

Aiswarya Thomas (Franklin & Marshall College)



We are fans of interdisciplinary research at the Neuroeconomics Lab!  Having valuable contributions from people that work in different backgrounds is important to our work.  We are currently working on multiple projects with individuals from various backgrounds including Neuroscience, Psychology, Economics, Computer Science, Business, and Communications.


Principal Investigators:

John Clithero, University of Oregon (Assistant Professor of Marketing at Lundquist College of Business)

Vishnu “Deepu” Murty, Temple University (Assistant Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Bart Krekelberg, Rutgers University (Associate Professor in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience)

Dominic Fareri, Adelphia University (Assistant Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Tania Giovanetti, Temple University (Associate Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Vinod Venkatraman, Temple University (Assistant Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Fox School of Business)

Lauren Alloy, Temple University (Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Johanna Jarco, Temple University (Assistant Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Eunice Chen, Temple University (Associate Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)


Graduate Students:

Nicole Henninger, Temple University (Ph.D candidate at Klein College of Media and Communication)

Katherine Hackett, Temple University (Ph.D candidate at College of Liberal Arts)

Tommy Ng, Temple University (Ph.D candidate at College of Liberal Arts)

Iris Ka-Yi Chat, Temple University (Ph.D candidate at College of Liberal Arts)



Lab Alumni

Michael Fitzpatrick: 2018 (former research assistant)
Isaac Levy: 2018 (former research assistant)
Shaoming Wang: 2017-2018 (former research assistant; currently a PhD student at University of California- Davis)
Christian Reice: 2017-2018 (former research assistant; currently a research assistant at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)