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]


September 2016: Congratulations to Nico Schuck, Ming Bo Cai, Bob Wilson, and Yael Niv on their Neuron publication Human Orbitofrontal Cortex Represents a Cognitive Map of State Space - Nicolas W. Schuck, Ming Bo Cai, Robert C. Wilson, Yael Niv

September 2016: Congratulations to the whole Niv Lab on getting a new NIDA R01 grant to study representation learning in the OFC!!

August 2016: Congratulations to Ming Bo Cai on his NIPS publication! A Bayesian method for reducing bias in neural representational similarity analysis

August 2016: Congratulations to Kat Holmes for finishing 21st in the individual women's epee fencing and 5th in the team women's epee fencing at the Rio Olympics!

June 2016: We are happy to welcome Nicole Drumond to the Niv Lab!

June 2016: Congratulations to Angela Radulescu and Reka Daniel on the acceptance of the first aging paper from the lab to Psychology and Aging! This was a long time coming! The effects of aging on the interaction between reinforcement learning and attention - Angela Radulescu, Reka Daniel and Yael Niv

June 2016: Welcome to our cohort of summer interns: Jennifer Bu, JorDyne Jackson, Alana Jaskir, Andy Schilling and Yared Tamiru

June 2016: Congratulations to David and Angela for their awesome findings from dystonia patients finally being published in eLife! DYT1 dystonia increases risk taking in humans - David Arkadir, Angela Radulescu, et al.

May 2016: Congratulations to Gecia Bravo-Hermsdorff on her engagement to Lee Gunderson!

May 2016: Farewell Andra Geana, and good luck in Michael Frank's lab at Brown! We will miss you..

May 2016: Congratulations to Stephanie Chan for her paper being accepted to the Journal of Neuroscience! A probability distribution over latent causes in the orbitofrontal cortex - Stephanie CY Chan, Yael Niv, Kenneth A Norman

May 2016: Congratulations to Gecia Bravo-Hermsdorff for being selected as one of the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Fellows in Cognitive Science!

May 2016: Congratulations to Angela Langdon for her paper being accepted to Neuron! Temporal specificity of reward prediction errors signaled by putative dopamine neurons in rat VTA depends on ventral striatum - Yuji K. Takahashi*, Angela J. Langdon*, Yael Niv and Geoffrey Schoenbaum (* = equally contributing authors)

March 2016: Congratulations to Nico Schuck on being offered a junior faculty position at the Max Planck Institute!

March 2016: Congratulations to Kat Holmes on qualifying for both the women's epee individual and team events at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

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