Valentina Di Pietro

Post Doctoral Fellow

Lab Phone: 217-300-1464

Babak Hemmatian

Post Doctoral Fellow

Email: ude.nworb@naitammeh_kabab
Lab Phone: 217-300-2530

Evan Anderson

Graduate Student

Email: moc.liamg@2nsrdnaE
Lab Phone: 217-300-1464

Evan Anderson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Psychology. He is a member of the Neuroscience program and is a first year graduate student in the Decision Neuroscience lab. Evan’s background is in computer science and cognitive psychology. He is interested in the neural mechanics which underlie choice and decision, and he uses computational modeling and neuroimaging techniques to better understand how they are implemented within the brain.


Aron K. Barbey

Laboratory Director

Email: ude.sionillI@yebraB
Office: 217-244-2551
Lab: 217-300-1464

Aron K. Barbey is Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is co-chair of the Intelligence Systems Research Theme, leader of the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Initiative, and director of the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Emory University in 2007 and completed a research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health in 2011. Professor Barbey’s research investigates the neural mechanisms of human intelligence and decision making, with particular emphasis on enhancing these functions through cognitive neuroscience, physical fitness, and nutritional intervention. He has won more than $25 million in federal and private research grants since joining the University of Illinois in 2011, receiving support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIH BRAIN Initiative, the research division of the United States Director of National Intelligence (IARPA), the Department of Defense (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and private industry. He has received multiple academic achievement awards, is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence and Cognitive Neuroscience, and serves on the editorial board of IntelligenceThinking & Reasoning, and NeuroImage.

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Psychology

Academic Affiliations

Professor, Beckman Institute
Professor, Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Professor, Institute for Genomic Biology
Professor, Neuroscience Program

Kyle Baacke

Graduate Students

Email: ude.sionilli@2ekcaabk

I received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Knox College in 2016 with a focus on addiction. I am currently a first year student in the Masters of Science in Psychological Science program at University of Illinois and a member of the Decision Neuroscience Lab.

Can interventions such as fitness training or mindfulness meditation increase scores of executive control and decision making? If so, can behavioral factors and aspects of brain function related to psychiatric illness help predict the effectiveness of these interventions? I am interested in investigating possible means and mechanisms involved in optimizing human cognitive performance. Currently, I am investigating whether there is a behavioral relationship in a non-clinical population between decision making competence and anhedonia, a subcomponent of psychiatric illnesses defined as a lack of interest or enjoyment. In doing so, I hope to understand the mechanisms involved in decision making.

I am also interested in finding new ways to use cloud computing resources (e.g. Amazon Web Services) to enable greater speed, reliability, cost efficacy, and ease of use for processing and analysis pipelines in neuroimaging.

Ilaria Amato

Arminius Caldwell

Arminius Caldwell

University of Illinois

Kelsey Campbell

Kelsey Campbell

University of Oklahoma

John Capozzo

John Capozzo

University of Illinois