Economics professor awarded National Science Foundation grant for decision research

Dr. David Dickinson, a professor in Appalachian State University's Department of Economics, was recently awarded a 3-year $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how sleep impacts behaviors related to food choice.

The overarching goal of the project is to examine how mild but chronic sleep restriction may contribute to dietary choices by studying decision environments that are relevant in food choice (e.g., information processing, impulsivity, etc).

The research team is comprised of Dr. Dickinson (lead Principal Investigator), Dr. Naomi Kakoschke (co-PI at CSIRO in Adelaide, Australia) and Dr. Sean Drummond (at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia).

The project will involve participants from the Appalachian State University community over the grant period (through 2023).

This award is the 4th NSF award for which Dr. Dickinson has been the principal investigator since joining Appalachian's faculty, and his 6th NSF award during his career. These awarded grants have brought more than $1 million in funding to the university, and this most recent grant will fund further work in Dr. Dickinson's long-term research agenda in the area of "sleep and decision making."

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Economics professor awarded National Science Foundation grant for decision research
Published: Jan 21, 2021 1:13pm