Joshua W. Buckholtz, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Psychology and PI, SNPlab

Joshua Buckholtz is an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist who uses behavioral, genetic, brain imaging, and brain stimulation methods to understand why humans vary so dramatically in their capacity for self-control. His work is focused on characterizing the cognitive architecture of self-control, identifying distinct brain circuits supporting different kinds of self-control, and understanding how dysfunction in these circuits leads to impulsive decision-making in drug addiction, aggression, psychopathy, and personality disorders. Dr. Buckholtz is a Network Scholar for the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Law and Neuroscience and serves on the faculty of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital. His is grateful for research support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the MGH-CLBB.