Read Montague, Ph.D.
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. He is also actively engaged in translating computational neuroscience into the domain of mental health through work in Computational Psychiatry. 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. 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
- Vilares I, Wesley MJ, Ahn WJ, Bonnie RJ, Hoffman M, Jones OD, Morse SJ, Yaffe G, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2017). Predicting the knowledge–recklessness distinction in the human brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA): doi: 10.1073/pnas.1619385114. Epub 2017 Mar 13.
- Solway A, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2017). Simulating future value in intertemporal choice. Scientific Reports 7: 43119 (2017). doi: 10.1038/srep43119.
- Montague PR, Kishida KT, Moran RJ, Lohrenz TM. (2016). An efficiency framework for valence processing systems inspired by soft cross-wiring. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 11: 121-129.
- Lohrenz T, Kishida KT, Montague PR. (2016). BOLD and its connection to dopamine release in human striatum: a cross-cohort comparison. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biological Sciences 371(1705): 20150352. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0352.
- 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. doi: 10.1037/pha0000080.
- 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 37(7): 2602-2615. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23194.
- 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. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00126. eCollection 2016.
- 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 11(11): 1823-1831.
- 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 138: 274-283. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.05.075. Epub 2016 Jun 4.
- 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): 200-205. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1513619112.
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