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DeBakey Awards

P. Read Montague, Ph.D.

Neuroscience

1997 Recipient

Winners of the 2005 Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Awards. From left: P. Read Montague, Ph.D., Helen Heslop, M.D., Josef Prchal, M.D., Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Adam Kuspa, Ph.D., Cliona Rooney, Ph.D., Gad Shaulsky, Ph.D.

Neural substrates of prediction, reward, and decision-making

Dr. Montague received the award for his work on the biological substrates that mediate automatic decision-making by man and animal. His theoretical framework provided one of the first quantitative descriptions that connects the physiology and anatomy of the underlying neural substrate all the way up to predictable influences on behavior. Additionally, it has given insight into the physical representation of reward in the primate brain.

Dr. Montague’s nomination was based on the following publications:

Montague PR. Integrating information at single synaptic connections. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1995 Mar 28;92(7):2424-5. 

Montague PR, Dayan P, Person C, Sejnowski TJ. Bee foraging in uncertain environments using predictive hebbian learning. Nature. 1995 Oct 26;377(6551):725-8.

Montague PR, Dayan P, Sejnowski TJ. A framework for mesencephalic dopamine systems based on predictive Hebbian learning. J Neurosci. 1996 Mar 1;16(5):1936-47. 

Montague PR. The resource consumption principle: attention and memory in volumes of neural tissue. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1996 Apr 16;93(8):3619-23.

Schultz W, Dayan P, Montague PR. A neural substrate of prediction and reward. Science. 1997 Mar 14;275(5306):1593-9.

2005 Recipient

Neural Responses to Trust and Model-building in a Simple Social Exchange

Dr. Montague received the award for his work using functional brain imaging, high speed imaging systems communications, computational analysis, and human experimental protocols to address important problems of the biological basis of human social cognition.

Dr. Montague’s nomination was based on the following publications:

Montague PR, Hyman SE, Cohen JD. Computational roles for dopamine in behavioural control.
Nature. 2004 Oct 14;431(7010):760-7.

McClure SM, Li J, Tomlin D, Cypert KS, Montague LM, Montague PR . Neural correlates of behavioral preference for culturally familiar drinks. Neuron. 2004 Oct 14;44(2):379-87.

King-Casas B, Tomlin D, Anen C, Camerer CF, Quartz SR, Montague PR. Getting to know you: reputation and trust in a two-person economic exchange. Science. 2005 Apr 1;308(5718):78-83.