Joseph Kable

Office Address: 

Solomon Labs, 3720 Walnut St, Room C5



  • Joseph Kable and co-authors have published an article in the Journal of Neuroscience about choices adolescents make in relation to brain development.

  • Joseph Kable and his co-authors' research on risk tolerance linked to amygdala and prefrontal cortex brain regions has just been published in Neuron and Penn News. The structure and function of the brain—specifically the amygdala, the prefrontal cortex, and the connections between the two—are linked to how willing a person is to take risks, according to their new research. “It’s a feature of decision-making,” Kable says, “that has manifold effects throughout the lifespan.”

  • Joseph Kable and co-authors at the University of Pennsylvania have publish a study that, not only did commercial brain training with Lumosity™ have no effect on decision-making, it also had no effect on cognitive function beyond practice effects on the training tasks. During the last decade, commercial brain-training programs have risen in popularity, offering people the hope of improving their cognitive abilities through the routine performance of various “brain games” that tap cognitive functions such as memory, attention and cognitive flexibility. Ready the study in Journal of Neuroscience and Penn Today.

Baird Term Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, 2004

Recent Publications


  • Joseph Kable on "Eat the Marshmallow: The Hidden Rationality of Quitting"
  • Joseph Kable on Neuroeconomics: Decision-Making and the Brain