Neuroeconomics, Decision neuroscience, Social neuroscience, Brain connectivity, Neuroimaging, fMRI


David V. Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Dr. Smith received his BS in experimental psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006. He then worked with Dr. Scott Huettel at Duke University and completed his PhD in 2012. Dr. Smith also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Mauricio Delgado at Rutgers University in 2016. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on the brain mechanisms that shape how humans respond to social and economic rewards in various contexts. To examine these issues, he combines functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with analytical techniques that quantify how multiple brain regions contribute to behavior. He is a member of the following organizations: Association for Psychological Science, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Society for Neuroscience, Society of Biological Psychiatry, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Society for Neuroeconomics, and Social & Affective Neuroscience Society. His work is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

  • Ng TH, Alloy LB, Smith DV (2019). Meta-analysis of Reward Processing in Major Depressive Disorder Reveals Distinct Abnormalities within the Reward Circuit. Translational Psychiatry, 9(293).
  • Diehl MM, Lempert K, Parr AC, Ballard I, Steele VR, Smith DV (2018). Toward an Integrative Perspective on the Neural Mechanisms Underlying Persistent Maladaptive Behaviors. European Journal of Neuroscience, 48(3), 1870-1883.
  • Li R*, Smith DV*, Clithero JA, Venkatraman V, Carter RM, Huettel SA (2017). Reason’s Enemy is Not Emotion: Engagement of Cognitive Control Networks Explain Biases in Gain/Loss Framing. Journal of Neuroscience, 37 (13) 3588-3598. *shared first authorship
  • Smith DV, Gseir M, Speer ME, Delgado MR (2016). Toward a Cumulative Science of Functional Integration: a Meta-Analysis of Psychophysiological Interactions. Human Brain Mapping, 37(8), 2904-17.
  • Wang KS, Smith DV, Delgado MR (2016). Using fMRI to Study Reward Processing in Humans: Past, Present, and Future. Journal of Neurophysiology, 115, 1664-1678.
  • Smith DV, Rigney AE, Delgado MR (2016). Distinct Reward Properties are Encoded via CorticostriatalInteractions. Scientific Reports, 6, 20093.
  • Smith DV, Utevsky AV, Bland AR, Clement NJ, Clithero JA, Harsch AE, Carter RM, Huettel SA (2014). Characterizing Individual Differences in Functional Connectivity Using Dual-Regression and Seed-Based Approaches. NeuroImage, 95(1), 1-12.
  • Smith DV, Clithero JA, Boltuck SE, Huettel SA (2014). Functional Connectivity with Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Reflects Subjective Value for Social Rewards. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(12), 2017-2025.
  • Smith DV, Clithero JA, Rorden C, Karnath H-O (2013). Decoding the Anatomical Network of Spatial Attention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 110(4), 1518-1523.
  • Smith DV, Hayden BY, Truong T-K, Song AW, Platt ML, Huettel SA (2010). Distinct Value Signals in Anterior and Posterior Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(7), 2490-2495.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 2104: Foundations of Sensation & Perception
  • PSYC/NSCI 3008: Decision Neuroscience