Read Montague, PhD
Inaugural Holder, Virginia Tech Carilion Vernon Mountcastle Research Professorship
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
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 more complete listing of Read Montague's publications, visit PubMed.
Education and Training
- The Salk Institute: Postdoctoral fellowship
- Rockefeller University: Postdoctoral fellowship
- University of Alabama Birmingham: PhD, 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, 2011-2015
- Walter Gilbert Award, Auburn University, 2011
- Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship, 2011-2018
- Kavli Fellow, U.S.-China Frontiers of Science, National Academy of Science, 2010
- Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ., 2005–2006
- Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award, 1997, 2005
- Koffarnus MK, Johnson MW, Thompson-Lake DGY, Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Montague PR, Bickel WK. (2016). Cocaine-Dependent Adults and Recreational Cocaine Users Are More Likely Than Controls to Choose Immediate Unsafe Sex Over Delayed Safer Sex. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 24(4), 297-304.
- Gu X, Lohrenz T, Salas R, Baldwin PR, Soltani A, Kirk U, Cinciripini P, Montague PR. (2016). Belief about Nicotine Modulates Subjective Craving and Insula Activity in Deprived Smokers. Frontiers in Psychiatry 7(126).
- McAdams CJ, Jeon-Slaughter H, Evans S, Lohrenz T, Montague PR, Krawczyk DC. (2016). Neural differences in self-perception during illness and after weight-recovery in anorexia nervosa. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
- Kirk U, Gu X, Sharp C, Hula A, Fonagy P, Montague PR. (2016). Mindfulness training increases cooperative decision making in economic exchanges: Evidence from fMRI. Neuroimage, pii: S1053-8119(16)30189-6. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.05.075.
- Hétu S, Luo Y, Saez I, D'Ardenne K, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2016). Asymmetry in Functional Connectivity of the Human Habenula Revealed by High-Resolution Cardiac-Gated Resting State Imaging. Human Brain Mapping.
- Kishida KT, Saez I, Lohrenz TM, Witcher MR, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, White JP, Ellis TL, Phillips PEM, Montague PR. (2016). Subsecond dopamine fluctuations in human striatum encode superposed error signals about actual and counterfactual reward. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 113(1), 200-5.
[COMMENTARY: Dopamine: Context and counterfactuals] [PDF]
- Stephan KE, Binder EB, Breakspear M, Dayan P, Johnstone EC, Meyer-Linderberg A, Schnyder U, Wang X, Bach DR, Fletcher PC, Flint J, Frank MJ, Heinz A, Huys QJM, Montague PR, Owen MJ, Friston KJ. (2015). Charting the landscape of priority problems in psychiatry, part 2: pathogenesis and aetiology. The Lancet Psychiatry, doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00361-2.
- Stephan KE, Bach DR, Fletcher PC, Flint J, Frank MJ, Friston KJ, Heinz A, Huys JQM, Owen MJ, Binder EB, Dayan P, Johnstone EC, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Montague PR, Schnyder Y, Wang X, Breakspear M. (2015). Charting the landscape of priority problems in psychiatry, part 1: classification and diagnosis. The Lancet Psychiatry, doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00360-0.
- Montague PR, Lohrenz T, Dayan, P. (2015). The three R's of trust. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 3, 102-106.
- Gu X, Lohrenz T, Salas R, Baldwin PR, Soltani A, Kirk U, Cinciripini PM, Montague PR. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA), Pii201416639.
[COMMENTARY: Beliefs modulate the effects of drugs on the human brain]