NEWARK - Professor Mauricio Delgado, a psychology professor at Rutgers University - Newark, has received a unique honor from President Barack Obama. Delgado won the Presidential Early Career Award, which is given to less than 100 researchers a year. He was designated as a recipient because of his research on how the brain functions based on positive and negative reinforcement.

Delgado's research uses magnetic imaging to monitor the brain and see why people make decisions. The goal is to find out why negative effects sometimes lead people to choose drugs and eventually become addicted.

The award is the highest honor given by the United States government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent-research careers.