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Director

Cendri Hutcherson is the director of the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She received degrees in psychology from Harvard (B.A.) and Stanford (Ph.D.), and spent several years as a post-doctoral scholar studying neuroeconomics at the California Institute of Technology. She loves the deep philosophical implications of neuroscience and psychology, and also the pretty brain pictures.   CV

Lab Manager

Devin Bonk is the Toronto Decision Neuroscience Lab manager, and a fifth year student specializing in psychology. His interests lie in social psychology and the neuroscience of decision making. What makes a person choose a risky short-term option over a safer long-term alternative? What happens in their brain when they do? When he is not on campus, you can either find him at the hockey rink or in a fishing boat in Northern Ontario.

Graduate Students

Hause Lin is in the Ph.D. program in Psychology at U of T. He works primarily with Michael Inzlicht, examining the neurophysiological correlates of decision making, conflict, and self-control. He likes to make R compute things, and in our lab he builds drift diffusion models of moral resistance to temptation.

Daniel Wilson is a first-year student in the Master's program in Psychology at U of T. In his previous life, he was an artist and documentary film-maker. Now he makes machines learn things, and people, too! Check out his psychology blog if you get a chance!

Research Assistants

Emily Chan is a third year student, double majoring in Mental Health Studies and Health Policy. She is the Communications Director for the Psychology and Neuroscience Department Association (PNDA). She is very interested in how people make decisions and the neurological components involved with this process. In her spare time, you can find her in the Starbucks lineup, eating tasty foods, or looking up adorable puppy pictures.


Neramy Ganesan is a third year, specializing in Neuroscience. She joined the lab with an NSERC Undergraduate Research Award, working on a project that investigates the role of time in determining whether we succeed or fail to exert self-control. She is learning the ins and outs of programming, while consuming large quantities of Tim Horton's.


Rini Ilangomaran is in her fourth year, specializing in Neuroscience. She is especially interested in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience. She likes becoming more aware of all the unconscious decisions being made by our brains. She is contemplating becoming a doctor after her Undergraduate degree. Apart from school, Rini loves historical literature, photography and travelling to beautiful places.

Vivian Liu is in her fourth year, specializing in Psychology. She is considering pursuing a masters degree in psychology, business, or law, and loves food, travelling, languages, and cooking.


Siddiq Mirza is a second year in the Psychology program. He received a Budding Scholar Award for his impressive performance in his Introductory Psychology course. His work for the lab involves staring at grey matter blobs in the brain, and helping to illuminate the role of self-control in altruistic choice.


Myriam Robert is a third year in the Mental Health specialist program. She is part of a team investigating how people resist moral temptation. In her spare time, she kills it on the volleyball court.


Rajan Shah is working towards completing his Hons. B. Sc in Psychology, minoring in Biology and Linguistics. He began volunteering alongside Dr. Hutcherson in September 2016 as a part of a team investigating the way we exert self-control when choosing what to eat. In the future, Rajan hopes to pursue psychiatry.


Ming (Louise) Wu is a fourth year student specializing in Psychology. She is currently conducting an honors thesis course in the lab, applying computational models of choice to understand the influence of cognitive load on altruistic behavior. She is also the lab manager for Andy Lee's Memory & Cognition lab. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing the flute and camping. She's also a Starbucks addict and can't get enough of their tea latte.