Dr. Michael Shadlen



Deciding to stop deciding: A cortical-subcortical circuit for forming and terminating a decision


Brief Bio

Michael N Shadlen is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute and Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical School.  He is a member of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and the Kavli Institute of Brain Science. Dr. Shadlen obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University, his PhD at UC Berkeley with Ralph Freeman. He trained in clinical neurology at Stanford University, where he joined William T. Newsome’s lab, as a postdoctoral fellow. He then joined the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Washington, where he remained until 2012. His research focuses primarily on the neural mechanisms that underlie decision making. He is also a jazz guitarist. Honors include the Alden Spencer Prize, the Golden Brain, the Lashley Award and elections to the AAAS and National Academy of Medicine.