PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
Faculty advisor: Michael R. Koenigs, Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Maia Pujara’s research focuses on understanding how the brain processes information about rewards to guide decisions. Because the ventromedial portion of the prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is thought to be a key area of the brain involved in making decisions about rewards based on their value, she investigates the ways in which these psychological processes can become impaired in patients with damage to the vmPFC. Pujara has also analyzed the brain activity of criminal inmates with psychopathy in response to rewards, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).