Ph.D. Harvard University, 1977
Attention Allocation Lab; Addiction & Economics Research Project
Scholarly Interests: Gene Heyman is currently conducting two research projects: (1) the economic and social correlates of opiate use and overdose deaths, and (2) the allocation of attention, using briefly presented stimuli in a lab setting. The addiction research combines published, federal and Internet-housed drug use and economic data for the 3000-plus US counties. The attention research explores two questions: (1) do the economic and psychological principles that govern the allocation of choice also govern the allocation of attention? And (2) how does attention allocation relate to higher order cognitive processes. The addiction project uses statistical methods to identify the correlates of drug use; the attention lab studies take advantage of a new procedure (developed at BC) for measuring attention.
Typically offered courses
Heyman, G. M., Grisanzio, K., & Liang, V. (2016) Introducing a method for quantifying the allocation of attention: the results reveal commonalities with quantitative aspects of choice. Frontiers in Psychology.
Heyman, G.M., 2015. Opiate Use and Abuse, History of. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 17. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 236–242.
Heyman, G. M. (2014, Feb. 4). Drug addiction is a matter of difficult choices. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/02/10/what-is-addiction/drug-addiction-is-a-matter-of-difficult-choices
Heyman, G. M., Dunn, B., & Mignone, J. (2014). Disentangling the correlates of drug use: A regression analysis of the associations between frequency of drug use, years-of-school, impulsivity, working memory, and psychiatric symptoms. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5, 70.
Heyman, G. M. (2013). Quitting drugs: quantitative and qualitative features. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 29-59.
Heyman, G. M. (2009) Addiction: A disorder of choice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
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