Andrew Brooks, PhD
Andrew joined the Center for Neuropolicy as a graduate student in neuroscience in June 2009. He earned his PhD in neuroscience from Emory University in 2012, his B.S. in psychology from Mercer University, and is interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of human behavior. In particular, he is working on projects that utilize fMRI to figure out why people behave the way they do during intertemporal choice and decision under risk.
Brooks, A. M., Capra, C. M., & Berns, G. S. (2011). Neural insensitivity to upticks in value is associated with the disposition effect. Neuroimage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.10.081.
Brooks, A. M., Pammi, V.S.C., Noussair, C., Capra, C. M., Engelmann, J. B., & Berns, G.S. (2010). From bad to worse: Striatal coding of the relative value of painful decisions. Frontiers in Decision Making. doi:10.3389/fnins.2010.00176.
Engelmann, J. B., & Brooks, A. M. (2009) Behavioral and neural effects of delays during intertemporal choice are independent of probability. J. Neuroscience. 29:6055-6057, 2009.
Hyer, H. A., Walid, S. M., Brooks, A. M., Darmohray, D. M., & Robinson, J. S. (2009) Interaction of age and opiod dependence on length of hospital stay for spine surgery patients. Psychological Reports. 105:361-364.
What is Your Dog Thinking
BRAIN SCAN REVEALS WHAT DOGS ARE THINKING
Do you really want to know what's going on in your dog's brain?
Scientists do MRI scans on dogs, asking: What are they thinking?
What Is Your Dog Thinking? Brain Scans Unleash Canine Secrets
(Pictured here with California sea lion “Ronan,” a member of UCSC’s Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Laboratory, NMFS 932-1905/MA-009526)
Peter Cook received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2013, under the dual advisorship of Margaret Wilson and Colleen Reichmuth. He is also an alum of Columbia University (where he worked in Herb Terrace's primate lab and Diana Reiss's walrus lab while studying for a post-bacallaureate in Psychology) and Pomona College (where he obtained a BA in Philosophy and was lucky enough to study writing with the late, great David Foster Wallace).
Peter's doctoral work was funded by a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship and the Packard Foundation, and featured a mix of behavioral and structural brain imaging work in over 100 rehabilitating, wild California sea lions with naturally occurring hippocampal lesions as a result of toxic algal exposure. He also taught a sea lion to bob her head to music (representing the first empirical evidence of beat keeping in a non-human mammal).
Peter specializes in memory systems (with a growing interest in the comparative connectome), but is more broadly interested in alternative, humane approaches to comparative neuroscience research. He joined Gregory Berns at The Center for Neuropolicy in Fall 2013 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow to contribute to studies utilizing fMRI with unrestrained dogs. More detail on his projects, past and present, are available on his personal website: www.pfcook.com.
Works in Progress
Cook, P., Reichmuth, C., Dennison, S., & Gulland, F. Sea lions with naturally occurring brain lesions from exposure to domoic acid: Behavioral diagnostics and an alternative model to study the cognitive effects of hippocampal damage
Wilson, M. & Cook, P. Sea lions can keep the beat: So why do only humans dance?
Sea lion dances to 'Boogie Wonderland'
Sea Lion Dances Her Heart Out For Science
Sea lion with rhythm and taste for disco
Sea lion grooves to a disco beat
Podcast on sea lion maze work - (with Sascha Zubryd, UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program)
Experimental and Neuroeconomics
Law and Economics
Public Finance, Tax Policy, and Public Choice
"The Neurobiology of Failure: An Experimental Study of Bonus and Penalty Contracts" with Gregory Berns
" The Effect of the Taxation of Risky Income on Investment Behavior " with Terrence Chorvat
"The Neural Correlates of Other-Influencing Behavior" with Kevin McCabe