Addiction & Decision Neuroscience Lab

Lab Director: Anna Konova, PhD

The Addiction & Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at Rutgers University, directed by Dr. Anna Konova, studies motivational states, decision making, and addiction. We are affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry, the University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), and the Brain Health Institute (BHI) at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. You can find out more about who we are here, and what we do here. If you are interested in joining our team or participating in a research study, go here. See below for recent lab news and get in touch!

Lab News!

08/10/21 NEW PAPER! Can we use 'dense fMRI neuroimaging' to better capture within-person variability and clinical trajectory in psychiatric disorders? Congrats also to Emma on being selected as a NJ Acts TL1 Fellow to support her thesis work on social connection and craving circuits!!

08/03/21 NEW PAPER! How does impulsivity and risk-taking relate to real-world healthcare utilization among veterans?

08/01/21 We said a NY/NJ goodbye to our amazing lab manager and founding lab member, Darla, as she heads off to grad school! We wish this rockstar the best of luck in this new phase and will miss her dearly We also welcomed two new lab members, Julia & Sahar, who will take over the reigns. We look forward to working with you both!

Coney Island, NY


05/20/21 Lab hike celebrating science and vaccines! The ADN lab is very grateful to receive a NIDA grant to study how optimism relates to decision-making under uncertainty in addiction and for the exciting science that is to come!! Congrats also to Manny for receiving the Primm-Singleton Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). 🎉

Round Valley Reservoir, NJ


12/18/20 A nice NIDA Notes write up about our work rounds out the year!

11/09/20 NEW PAPER! Computational theory-driven studies of reinforcement learning and decision-making in addiction: what have we learned?

08/28/20 NEW PAPER! Can neuromelanin-sensitive MRI be used as a tool to capture dopaminergic dysfunction in addiction?

08/22/20 ¡Cluster update! It has been a busy albeit strange summer for all. Even so, we have a lot to celebrate. Congrats to Kathryn on her grant award from the Center for Alcohol & Substance Use Studies on stress, addiction, and the LC-NE system, and her talk on this project at the 2020 College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) conference. Also a very big congrats to Manny for being selected as a TRACC-RU fellow in the NIH/NIDA-sponsored training program on translational addiction science. Finally, although we said goodbye to RAs Gabriela and Robert, we welcomed new MD student researcher Josh!

05/08/20 NEW PAPER! How does acute stress interact with trait impulsivity to influence the way people learn from reward?

01/13/20 Welcome new postdoc Maëlle!! Also congrats to Adaugo who successfully defended her honors thesis and will be heading off to medical school!

12/08/19 NEW PAPER! Can computational markers of decision-making capture cognitive processes with clinical utility for detecting opioid reuse vulnerability?

06/12/19 Welcome new RAs Gabriela, Joany, Rhea, and Robert!! Also a sad goodbye to Ming who successfully defended his thesis and will start a new position at Amazon. Congrats and best of luck Ming!

03/23/19 NEW PAPER! How do delusional beliefs shape the way people sample and integrate information?

12/31/18 NEW PAPER! Does research in psychiatry need to consider the relationship between risk and time preferences in studies of choice impulsivity?

11/07/18 NEW PAPER! Can the neuroscience of how we learn to extinguish appetitive and drug cue responses help us understand addictive behavior?

09/16/18 With our collaborators at NYU, Data Cubed, and Universidad del Rosario, we joined the RWJF challenge to address the opioid epidemic using digital technologies and decision neuroscience. Our work was recently showcased at Health 2.0 held Sept. 16-17 in Santa Clara, CA. Check out our concept in this video!

09/07/18 We are open for business!