Yael Niv

Assistant Professor
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
and
Psychology Department
Princeton Neuroscience Institute room 143
Princeton University
Email: yael at princeton edu

Curriculum Vitae

My Lab (here is a short article from Innovation Magazine on what we do)

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Publications

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Refereed Papers
  • SJ Gershman & Y Niv (2012) - Exploring a latent cause theory of classical conditioning - Learning & Behavior 40:255-268 PDF
  • RC Wilson & Y Niv (2012) - Inferring relevance in a changing world - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5:189 full text
  • Y Niv, J Edlund, P Dayan & JP O'Doherty (2012) - Neural prediction errors reveal a risk-sensitive reinforcement learning process in the human brain - Journal of Neuroscience 32(2):551-562. PDF
  • YK Takahashi, MR Roesch, RC Wilson, K Torenson, P O'Donnell, Y Niv* & G Schoenbaum* (2011) - Expectancy-related changes in firing of dopamine neurons depend on orbitofrontal cortex - Nature Neuroscience 14(12):1590-1597. PDF
  • E Eldar, G Morris & Y Niv (2011) - The effects of motivation on response rate: A hidden semi-Markov model analysis of behavioral dynamics - Journal of Neuroscience Methods 201:251-261. PDF
  • JJF Ribas-Fernandes, A Solway, C Diuk, JT McGuire, AG Barto, Y Niv & MM Botvinick (2011) - A neural signature of hierarchical reinforcement learning - Neuron 71:370-379. PDF
  • M McDannald, F Lucantonio, K Burke, Y Niv & G Schoenbaum (2011) - Ventral striatum and orbitofrontal cortex are both required for model-based, but not model-free, reinforcement learning - Journal of Neuroscience 31(7), 2700-2705. PDF
  • SJ Gershman, JD Cohen & Y Niv (2010) - Learning to selectively attend - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. PDF
  • SJ Gershman & Y Niv (2010) - Learning latent structure: Carving nature at its joints - Current Opinion in Neurobiology 20(2), 251-256. PDF
  • SJ Gershman, D Blei & Y Niv (2010) - Context, learning and extinction - Psychological Review 117(1), 197-209. PDF
  • Y Niv (2009) - Reinforcement learning in the brain - The Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 53(3), 139-154. PDF
  • MM Botvnick, Y Niv & A Barto (2009) - Hierarchically organized behavior and its neural foundations: A reinforcement-learning perspective - Cognition 113, 262-280. PDF
  • MT Todd, Y Niv & JD Cohen (2008) - Learning to use working memory in partially observable environments through dopaminergic reinforcement - NIPS 2008. PDF
  • D Schiller, I Levi, Y Niv, JE LeDoux & EA Phelps (2008) - From fear to safety and back - Reversal of fear in the human brain - The Journal of Neuroscience, 28(45), 11517-11525.
  • P Dayan & Y Niv (2008) - Reinforcement learning and the brain: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 18(2), 185-196. PDF
  • Y Takahashi, G Schoenbaum & Y Niv (2008) - Silencing the critics: Understanding the effects of cocaine sensitization on dorsal and ventral striatum in the context of an Actor/Critic model - Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2, 86-99. PDF
  • Y Niv & G Schoenbaum (2008) - Dialogues on prediction errors - Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(7), 265-272. PDF
  • Y Niv, ND Daw, D Joel & P Dayan (2007) - Tonic dopamine: Opportunity costs and the control of response vigor - Psychopharmacology, 191(3), 507-520. Abstract PDF Summary by Neuroskeptic
  • Y Niv, D Joel & P Dayan (2006) - A normative perspective on motivation - Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10(8), 375-381. Abstract PDF
  • P Dayan, Y Niv, B Seymour & ND Daw (2006) - The misbehavior of value and the discipline of the will - Neural Networks, 19(8), 1153-1160. Abstract PDF
  • Y Niv, ND Daw & P Dayan (2005) - How fast to work: Response vigor, motivation and tonic dopamine - In: Y Weiss, B Scholkopf & J Platt, eds., Neural Information Processing Systems 18, 1019-1026, MIT Press (Outstanding Student Paper Award). Abstract PDF
  • ND Daw, Y Niv & P Dayan (2005) - Uncertainty based competition between prefrontal and dorsolateral striatal systems for behavioral control - Nature Neuroscience, 8(12), 1704-1711. Abstract PDF
  • Y Niv, MO Duff & P Dayan (2005) - Dopamine, Uncertainty and TD Learning - Behavioral and Brain Functions 1:6 (4 May 2005), doi:10.1186/1744-9081-1-6.Abstract Open Access Full text
  • Y Niv, D Joel, I Meilijson & E Ruppin (2002) - Evolution of Reinforcement Learning in Uncertain Environments: A Simple Explanation for Complex Foraging Behaviors - Adaptive Behavior 10(1), 5-24. Abstract PDF
  • D Joel, Y Niv & E Ruppin (2002) - Actor-critic models of the basal ganglia: New anatomical and computational perspectives - Neural Networks 15, 535-547. Abstract PDF
Book Chapters, Commentaries, etc.
  • Y Niv & S Chan (2011) - On the value of information and other rewards - Nature Neuroscience 14(9):1095-1097 PDF
  • JER Staddon & Y Niv (2008) - Operant conditioning. Scholarpedia, 3(9):2318.
  • Y Niv & PR Montague (2008) - Theoretical and empirical studies of learning. In: PW Glimcher et al, eds., Neuroeconomics: Decision making and the brain, Chapter 22, 329-249, Elsevier. email me for PDF
  • Y Niv & M Rivlin-Etzion (2007) - Parkinson's disease: Fighting the will? - Journal of Neuroscience 11777-11779. PDF
  • Y Niv (2007) - Cost, Benefit, Tonic Phasic: What do response rates tell us about dopamine and motivation? - Annals of the New York Academy of Science 1104, 357-376. PDF
  • P Dayan, ND Daw, & Y Niv. (in press) - Theoretical and computational neuroscience: Learning, action, inference and neuromodulation. In: L Squire et al, eds., New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Elsevier, Amsterdam.
  • Y Niv, ND Daw & P Dayan (2006) - Choice values - Nature Neuroscience 9(8), 987-988. PDF
  • ND Daw, Y Niv & P Dayan (2006) - Actions, Policies, Values, and the Basal Ganglia - In: Bezard, E editor, Recent Breakthroughs in Basal Ganglia Research, Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York, USA.
Technical Reports
  • Y Niv, P Dayan & D Joel (2006) - The effects of motivation on extensively trained behavior - Leibniz Technical Report, Hebrew University, 2006-6. Abstract (PDF)
Theses
  • PhD Thesis - Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007): The effects of motivation on habitual instrumental behavior (full thesis here)
  • MA Thesis - Psychology Department, Tel Aviv University (2001): Evolution of Reinforcement Learning in Uncertain Environments (PDF)

Courses


Conferences/Workshops


Miscellaneous and links


Some of my favorite hangouts in... (inspired by this page)


(old) Photo gallery (permanently under construction)

Prague 2001 Trieste 2001

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