Portrait of Pablo Morales

Pablo Morales

Xbox Researcher


Pablo Morales received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Oregon in 2018, where he studied the neural basis of valuation and decision making (AKA neuroeconomics). During his time there he conducted research using a variety of research methods such as simple behavior, EEG, and eye tracking. One of his main focuses was addressing when and how representations of gains and losses (i.e. rewards and punishments) become distorted in a manner consistent with what is commonly known as loss aversion. Pablo is currently working on assessing and improving the player experience in the Minecraft franchise.

In his spare time, Pablo enjoys playing video games (some favorites include the “Soulsborne” games and Rocket League), listening to music, playing guitar, and cooking.