Terry Lohrenz

Terry Lohrenz, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute


Email address: tlohrenz@vtc.vt.edu

Terry Lohrenz is a member of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Computational Psychiatry Unit. He was trained as a mathematician and spent time in the energy industry before migrating to neuroscience. His interests lie in mathematical descriptions of decision-making and social interaction, their instantiation in the human brain, and applications to mental disorders.

Education and Training

  • Harvard University: A.B. , Physics
  • Rutgers: Ph.D. , Mathematics

Previous Positions

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Research Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Selected Publications

Moran RJ, Kishida KT, Lohrenz T, Saez I, Laxton AW, Witcher MR, Tatter SB, Ellis TL, Phillips PE, Dayan P, Montague PR. (2018). The Protective Action Encoding of Serotonin Transients in the Human Brain . Neuropsychopharmacology 43 : 1425-1435.

Hétu S, Luo Y, D'Ardenne K, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2017). Human substantia nigra and ventral tegmental area involvement in computing social error signals during the ultimatum game . Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 12 (12) : 1972-1982. doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsx097.

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) 114 (12) : 3222-3227. doi:10.1073/pnas.1619385114.

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