Habiba Azab

Entering Class - 2018

E-MAIL: azab0001@umn.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major:

New York Institute of Technology, BA, Computer Science, 2011 

Graduate Advisor:

Ben Hayden, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

Current Research:

I’m interested in understanding the neural correlates of value- based decision-making and executive control. Most of my research involves analysis of single-neuron data recorded in primate prefrontal cortex.

Graduate Level Publications:

  • Cash-Padgett T, Azab H, Yoo SBM, Hayden BY. Opposing pupil responses to offered and anticipated reward values. Anim Cogn. 2018 Sep;21(5):671-684.
  • Azab H, Hayden BY. Correlates of economic decisions in dorsal and subgenual anterior cingulate cortices. Eur J Neurosci. 2018;47(8):979-993.
  • Farashahi S, Azab H, Hayden B, Soltani A. On the flexibility of basic risk attitudes in monkeys. J Neurosci. 2018;38(18):4383-4398.
  • Pirrone A, Azab H, Hayden BY, Stafford T, Marshall JAR. Evidence for the  speed-value trade-off:  human and monkey decision  making is magnitude sensitive. Decision (Wash D C ). 2018;5(2):129-142.
  • Azab H, Hayden BY. Correlates of decisional dynamics in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. PLoS Biol. 2017 Nov 15;15(11):e2003091.
  • Strait CE, Sleezer BJ, Blanchard TC, Azab H, Castagno MD, Hayden BY. Neuronal  selectivity for spatial position  of offers and choices in five reward  regions. J Neurophysiol. 2016;115:1098-111.

Undergraduate Awards:

Graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

What Got You Interested in Research?

My undergraduate background is in computer science, and I’ve had a long-held interest in psychology and philosophy. I was especially interested in concepts of self-control, self-determination and free will, but wanted to tackle these from a primarily scientific perspective. My ultimate goal is to understand the algorithms and biological circuits that enable us to exhibit such complex, motivated behavior.


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