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.
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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, 2011-2015
- 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
- Kishida KT, Saez I, Lohrenz TM, Witcher MR, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, White JP, Ellis TL, Phillips PEM, Montague PR. (2015). Subsecond dopamine fluctuations in human striatum encode superposed error signals about actual and counterfactual reward. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), in-press.
- 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, Wang X, Hula, A, Wang S, Xu S, Lohrenz, T, Knight R, Gao Z, Dayan P, Montague PR. (2015). Necessary, yet dissociable contributions of the insular and ventromedial prefrontal cortices to norm adaption: computational and lesion evidence in humans. The Journal of Neuroscience 35(2), 467-73.
- Lu JT, Kishida KT, De Asis-Cruz J, Lohrenz T, Treadwell-Deering D, Beauchamp M, Montague PR. (2015). Single-stimulus functional MRI produces a neural individual difference measure for autism spectrum disorder. Clinical Psychological Science 3(3), 422-432, doi: 10.1177/2167702614562042.
- Ahn WY, Kishida KT, Gu X, Lohrenz T, Harvey A, Alford JR, Smith KB, Yaffe G, Hibbing JR, Dayan P, Montague PR. (2014). Nonpolitical images evoke neural predictors of political ideology. Current Biology 24(22), doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.050. Nov;24:1-7.
- Jones OD, Bonnie RJ, Casey BJ, Davis A, Faigman DL, Hoffman M, Montague PR, Morse SJ, Raichle ME, Richeson JA, Scott E, Steinberg L, Taylor-Thompson K, Wagner A, Yaffe G. (2014). Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission. J Law Biosci, 224-6.
- Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Koffarnus MN, McClure SM, De La Garza R 2nd, Salas R, Thompson-Lake DG, Newton TF, Bickel WK, Montague PR. (2014). Choosing Money over Drugs: The Neural Underpinnings of Difficult Choice in Chronic Cocaine Users. J Addict 2014, 2014:189853. doi: 10.1155/2014/189853. Epub Aug 14.
- Smith A, Lohrenz T, King J, Montague PR, Camerer CF. (2014). Irrational exuberance and neural crash warning signals during endogenous experimental market bubbles. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(29), 10503-8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1318416111. Epub 2014 Jul 7.