Todd Hare

Todd Hare, Prof. Dr.

zIReN Collaboration Partner

Associate Professor of Economics

Department of Economics UZH


Short bio

Todd Hare is an Associate Professor of Neuroeconomics and Human Development at the University of Zurich. His originally trained in biology and neuroscience and received his PhD from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Economics department at UZH, he spent three years as a postdoc in neuroeconomics at the California Institute of Technology.  He is also affiliated with the Neuroscience Center Zurich and the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at UZH.

Brief listing of research interests

Human development, self-control, decision neuroscience, neuroimaging.

Current Projects

My research has examines the neural networks that mediate decision making for various reward types (primary, monetary, social). We have shown that while key areas of the decision network are recruited across choice domains, the regions with which they interact differ between decision contexts. Furthermore, we have demonstrated differences in the neural networks that mediate choice in individuals who successfully employ self-control compared to those with self-control failures.
Using a combination of behavioral, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and computational modeling techniques, I am presently studying the impact of factors such as stress, social feedback, and attention on both self-control and normative decision making.

Selected publications

Maier SU, Makwana AB, Hare TA (2015) Acute stress impairs self-control in goal-directed choice by altering multiple functional connections within the brain's decision circuits. Neuron 87:621-631. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.07.005

Makwana A, Grön G, Fehr E, Hare TA (2015) A neural mechanism of strategic social choice under sanction-induced norm compliance. eNeuro 2(3). doi:10.1523/ENEURO.0066-14.2015

Rudorf S, Hare TA (2014) Interactions between dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex underlie context-dependent stimulus valuation in goal-directed choice. Journal of Neuroscience 34:15988-15996. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3192-14.2014

Dreyfuss M, Caudle K, Drysdale AT, Johnston NE, Cohen AO, Somerville LH, Galvan A, Tottenham N, Hare TA, Casey BJ (2014) Teens impulsively react rather than retreat from threat. Developmental Neuroscience 36:220-7. doi:10.1159/000357755

Hare TA, Schultz W, Camerer CF, O'Doherty JP, Rangel A (2011) Transformation of stimulus value signals into motor commands during simple choice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 108:18120-18125. doi:10.1073/pnas.1109322108

Hare TA, Camerer C, Rangel A (2009) Self-control in decision-making involves modulation of the vmPFC valuation system. Science 324:646-648. doi:10.1126/science.1168450

Contact info

Prof. Dr. Todd Hare
Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research
Department of Economics
University of Zurich
Tel: +41 44 634 10 17
Room number: BLU 105
todd.hare [at]