Psychology Faculty

Gene Heyman

Senior Lecturer




Gene Heyman does research on topics in drug use (e.g., the overdose epidemic), behavioral economics (e.g., delay discounting), and selective attention. In different ways, these topics each involve making choices.

Representative Publications

Heyman, G. M. (2018). Deriving addiction: An analysis based on three elementary features of making choices.  Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Addiction. Pp 23-33.

Heyman, G. M. (2017). Do addicts have free will? An empirical approach to a vexing question. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 5, 85-93.

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.

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.