Research in the Niv lab focuses on the neural and computational processes underlying reinforcement learning and decision-making. We study the ongoing day-to-day processes by which we learn from trial and error, without explicit instructions, to predict future events and to act upon the environment so as to maximize reward and minimize punishment. In particular, we are interested in how attention and memory processes interact with reinforcement learning to create representations that allows us to learn to solve new tasks so efficiently. [read more]


July 2015: Podcast featuring Dr. Yael Niv – Trial and Error Learning with Dr. Yael Niv

July 2015: Congratulaitons to Kat Holmes for winning the gold medal in both the individual and team women's epee fencing events at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada!

June 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Andra Geana for graduating and transitioning to a postdoc position in the lab!

June 2015: Welcome to Yeon Soon Shin, new graduate student in the Niv and Norman labs!

February 2015: Congratulations to Yael on being granted tenure!!!

February 2015: Congratulations to Nico on the acceptance of his paper - Medial prefrontal cortex predicts internally driven strategy shifts - to Neuron!

January 2015: Congratulations to Yael on being awarded the 2015 Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences!

December 2014: Congratulations to Eran on the acceptance of his paper, "Interaction between emotional state and learning underlies mood instability," to Nature Communications!

May 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Eran Eldar, MD, PhD, for earning his second doctorate! Good luck at your new position as a Research Fellow at UCL!

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