Bastien is interested in the role of anticipation and mood and how it affects temporal discounting.
He used computational modelling and neuroimaging to examine the relationship between mood, learning and decision making, in collaboration with Robb Rutledge.
Before, he did his PhD in economics at Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University under the supervision of Mathias Pessiglione and Guillaume Hollard about how cognitive fatigue, occurring after many hours of cognitive work (e.g., a workday), alters economic decisions (e.g., the consumption-saving trade-off).
Bastien has taught a course in neuroeconomics since 2013 for the Eco&Psycho Masters degree at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Blain, B., & Rutledge, R. (2020). Momentary subjective well-being depends on learning and not reward, eLife 2020;9:e57977
Globig, L., Blain,B., Sharot, T., (2020). When Private Optimism meets Public Despair: Dissociable effects on behaviour and well-being [Preprint], PsyArXiv. https://psyarxiv.com/gbdn8
Chew, B., Blain, B., Dolan, R. J., & Rutledge, R. B. (2019). A neurocomputational model for intrinsic reward. BioRxiv, 2019.12.19.882589. https://doi.org/10.1101/2019.12.19.882589
Blain, B., Schmit, C., Le Meur, Y., Hausswirth, C., Pessiglione, M. (2019). Physical overtraining and decision-making: evidence for cognitive control depletion, Current Biology.
About the above: Kalenscher, T., (2019). Cognitive Neuroscience, No Gain, Much Pain, Current Biology.
Jahn, C. I., Gilardeau, S., Varazzani, C., Blain, B., Sallet, J., Walton, M. E., & Bouret, S. (2018). Dual contributions of noradrenaline to behavioural flexibility and motivation. Psychopharmacology, 235(9), 2687–2702
Blain, B., Hollard, G., Pessiglione, M (2016). Neural mechanisms underlying the impact of daylong cognitive work on economic decisions, PNAS