Brian Knutson

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Brian Knutson is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University and director of the Symbiotic Project on Affective Neuroscience. His research focuses on the neural basis of emotion, and has been covered in multiple news sources.[1][2]


He earned a dual bachelor's degree in psychology and comparative religion from Trinity University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University in 1993.


He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles which have received over 20,000 citations.[1] His most cited work, "Anticipation of Increasing Monetary Reward Selectively Recruits Nucleus Accumbens", was published in Journal of Neuroscience in 2001.[2]


  1. ^ Tierney, John (2007-01-16). "The Voices in My Head Say 'Buy It!' Why Argue?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  2. ^ "Spending your way into a world of pain". The Vancouver Sun. 2007-01-15. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-12.

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