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LAist Interview: Meghana Bhatt

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LAist's 20 Under 30 interview series of outstanding Angelenos in their 20s continues with Meghana Bhatt, a graduate student in economics at Caltech researching how the human brain makes decisions (and why people aren't logical about their economic choices). Basically, she sticks people in an MRI and watches their brains while they play games.

Age and Occupation:
26, graduate student in economics

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and where do you live now?
I've lived in Pasadena for about 3 1/2 years.

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Why do you live in Los Angeles?
I came here to go to graduate school at CalTech.

Why did you enter your field of study?
I've always been interested in interdisciplinary research, when I was an undergrad I studied behavioral economics, which incorporates psychology into the study of economics. I became more interested in the biology of decision when I was working on a project involving self-control. Then I was lucky enough to come to Caltech when economists were just starting to work with neuroscientists to get a deeper understanding of decision-making.