Read Montague, PhD
Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Director, Human Neuroimaging Laboratory, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Director, Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Professor, Department of Physics, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Research Program Summary
Dr. Read Montague’s work centers broadly on human social cognition, decision-making, and willful choice with a goal of understanding the detailed underlying neurobiology of these functions in health and disease. Montague’s work particularly focuses on computational neuroscience – the connection between physical mechanisms present in real neural tissue and the computational functions that these mechanisms embody. His laboratory uses theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches to these issues. In particular, the group now employs novel approaches to functional neuroimaging, new biomarkers for mental disease, spectroscopy, real-time voltammetry, and computational simulations. Montague also directs the Roanoke Brain Study, a project aimed at understanding decision-making through the lifespan and its relationship to brain development, function, and disease. Work in the laboratory is supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, The Kane Family Foundation, Autism Speaks, The MacArthur Foundation, The Dana Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.
For a full listing of Dr. Montague's publications, visit PubMed.
Education and Training
- The Salk Institute: Postdoctoral fellowship
- Rockefeller University: Postdoctoral fellowship
- University of Alabama Birmingham: Ph.D., Biophysics
- Baylor College of Medicine
Brown Foundation Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Director, Human Neuroimaging Lab
Director, Computational Psychiatry Unit
Awards and Honors
- William R. and Irene D. Miller Lectureship, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2011–2012
- Network Member, The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, 2011, 2012
- Walter Gilbert Award, Auburn University, 2011
- Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship, 2011
- Kavli Fellow, U.S.-China Frontiers of Science, National Academy of Science, 2010
- Member, Institute for Advanced Study 2005–2006
- Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award, 1997, 2005
- Xiang T, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2013). Computational Substrates of Norms and Their Violations during Social Exchange. J Neurosci 33(3), 1099-108.
- Bhatt MA, Lohrenz TM, Camerer CF, Montague PR. (2012). Distinct contributions of the amygdala and parahippocampal gyrus to suspicion in a repeated bargaining game. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109(22), 8728-8733.
- Downar J, Bhatt M, Montague PR. (2011). Neural correlates of effective learning in experienced medical decision-makers. PLoS One 6(11), e27768.
- Kirk U, Harvey A, Montague PR. (2011). Domain expertise insulates against judgment bias by monetary favors through a modulation of ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108(25), 10332-6.
- Bhatt MA, Lohrenz T, Camerer CF, Montague PR. (2010). Neural signatures of strategic types in a two-person bargaining game. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107(46), 19720-5.
- Kishida, KT, King-Casas, B, Montague PR. (2010). Neuroeconomic approaches to mental disorders. Neuron 67(4), 543-54.
- King-Casas, B, Sharp, C, Lomax, L, Lohrenz, T, Fonagy, P, Montague, PR. (2008). The rupture and repair of cooperation in borderline personality disorder. Science 321, 806-810.
- Tomlin, D, Kayali, MA, King-Casas, B, Anen, C, Camerer, CF, Quartz, SR, Montague, PR. (2006). Agent-specific responses in cingulate cortex during economic exchanges. Science 312, 1047-1050.
- King-Casas, B, Tomlin, D, Anen, C, Camerer, CF, Quartz, SR, Montague, PR. (2005). Getting to know you: Reputation and trust in a two-person economic exchange. Science 308, 78-83.
- Montague, PR, Dayan, P, Person, C, Sejnowski, TJ. (1995). Bee foraging in uncertain environments using predictive Hebbian learning. Nature 377, 725-728.