Decision Neuroscience - From Neurons to Societies

Geoffrey Schoenbaum

Professor, PhD for Anatomy, Neurobiology and Psychiatry, MD

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University of Maryland School of Medicine 
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Psychiatry
Adjunct, UMBC Department of Psychology
20 Penn Street 
HSF-2, Rm S251
Baltimore, MD 21201


I completed my MD and PhD at the University of North Carolina in 1996.  There I completed my dissertation work with Dr Howard Eichenbaum, recording single-unit activity in orbitofrontal cortex in awake, behaving rats.  After a short time as an intern at Yale University, I accepted a position as a Research Scientist working with Dr Michela Gallagher at Johns Hopkins University in 1998. Supported by a K award from the NIA, we collaborated on a series of experiments examining interactions between orbitofrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala in outcome-guided behavior.  Since joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2003, I have continued to study how orbitofrontal cortex cooperates with other brain areas to guide adaptive decision-making. In addition, my lab has used this work as background to study changes in decision-making in addiction and aging.  This work is supported by R01 grants from NIDA, NIA, and NIMH.