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Raymundo Baez Mendoza

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Social Neurobiology

+49 551 3851-130

RBaezMendoza(at)dpz.eu

Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

My main goal is to study the neuronal circuits of normal and abnormal social behavior using neurophysiology and neuronal manipulations in interacting humans and animals.

I was born and raised in Mexico City where I studied Psychology at UNAM -the largest public university in Latin America. I then studied my masters with Nikos Logothetis and Kari Hoffman at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany. followed by PhD Studies at Cambridge University working under the supervision of Wolfram Schultz. Where I studied how the basal ganglia responds to rewards in social contexts.

I did my Postdoc with Ziv Williams at the Department of Neurosurgery of Massachusetts General Hospital to uncover the neuronal basis of social interactions. From 2018 until my move to the DPZ in 2022,  I was an instructor in research at MGH, where I co-mentored two postdocs, four graduate- and six undergraduate students.

I’ve published my academic work in Science, Nature, Cell, PNAS, and others.

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Society for Neuroscience

Society for Social Neuroscience

2022

S. W. Li, O. Zeliger, L. Strahs, R. Báez-Mendoza, L. M. Johnson, A. McDonald Wojciechowski, Z. M. Williams. A prefrontal mechanism linking social group dominance with competitive success. Nature 2022 Mar 16. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-04000-5. Online ahead of print.

2021

S. W. Li, Z. M. Williams, R. Báez-Mendoza. Investigating the neurobiology of abnormal social behaviors. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2021.769314

2021

R. Báez-Mendoza*, E. P. Mastrobattista, A. J. Wang, Z M. Williams. Social Agent Identity Cells in the Prefrontal Cortex of Interacting Groups of Primates Science. 274, 6566, eabb4149. doi:10.1126/science.abb4149

2021

R. Báez-Mendoza*, Y. Vázquez*, E. Mastrobattista, Z. M. Williams. Neuronal circuits for social decision-making and their clinical implications Frontiers in Neuroscience. 15(1291) doi:10.3389/fnins.2021.720294

2021

M. Jamali, B. L. Grannan, E. Fedorenko, R. Saxe, R. Báez-Mendoza, Z. M. Williams. Single-neuronal predictions of others’ beliefs in humans. Nature. 591, 610-614.10.1038/s41586-021-03184-0

2021

S Ferrari-Toniolo, PM Bujold, F Grabenhorst, R Báez-Mendoza, W Schultz Nonhuman Primates Satisfy Utility Maximization in Compliance with the Continuity Axiom of Expected Utility Theory. Journal of Neuroscience. 41 (13), 2964-2979. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0955-20.2020

2019

F Grabenhorst, R Báez-Mendoza, W Genest, G Deco, W Schultz. Primate amygdala neurons simulate decision processes of social partners. Cell. 177: 1-13. 10.1016/j.cell.2019.02.042

 

2016

R. Báez-Mendoza and W. Schultz. Performance error-related activity in monkey striatum during social interactions. Sci. Rep. 37199. 10.1038/srep37199   

2016

R. Báez-Mendoza, C.R. van Coeverden and W. Schultz. A neuronal reward inequity signal in primate striatum. J. Neurophysiol. 115: 68-79. 10.1152/jn.00321.2015

2013

R. Báez-Mendoza and W. Schultz. The role of the striatum in social behaviour. Front. Neurosci. 7:233. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00233

2013

R. Báez-Mendoza, C. Harris and W. Schultz. Activity of striatal neurons reflects social action and own reward. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 110:41, 16634:16639

A prefrontal mechanism linking social group dominance with competitive success.

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