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Gidon Felsen, PhD

phone: (303)724-4532   
office:  RC1 North - Room 7113

Gidon Felsen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and an associate faculty member in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. His laboratory studies the neural mechanisms of decision making using electrophysiological, behavioral, molecular, and quantitative approaches (see below). His related interest in bioethics starts from the observation that people make predictably poor decisions in particular contexts. A range of strategies has been proposed to help people improve these sorts of decisions. Dr. Felsen’s research examines how the ethics and the efficacy of these “decisional enhancement” strategies can be informed by what we know about how the brain makes decisions. This work is currently supported by the Greenwall Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics.

Dr. Felsen’s home page in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Education and training:
1998: B.S., Brown University
2004: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
2005-2009: Postdoctoral training, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2009: Visiting Scholar, National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia

Neuroethics – how neuroscience can inform ethics and public policies
Neural bases of decision making
Policies for decisional enhancement