Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Interim Director & Associate Professor, Cognition & Neural Systems
Director, Neuroscience of Reinforcement Learning Lab

Research Interests: 

  • Computational, behavioral and neuroimaging studies of exploration, reinforcement learning and decision making.
  • Joint appointment with Cognitive Science.

Updated: 07/05/22

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Selected Publications: 

  • Wilson, R. C., & Niv, Y. (2015). Is model fitting necessary for model-based fMRI? PLoS Computational Biology, 11(6): e1004237. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004237
  • Wilson, R. C., Geana, A., White, J. M., Ludvig, E. A., & Cohen, J. D. (2014). Humans use directed and random exploration to solve the explore-exploit dilemma. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(6), 2074-2081. doi:10.1037/a0038199
  • Wilson, R. C., Takahashi, Y. K., Schoenbaum, G., & Niv, Y. (2014). Orbitofrontal cortex as a cognitive map of task space. Neuron, 81(2), 267-279

Courses Taught:

  • PSY 333 - Judgment & Decision Making (2024)
  • PSY 433 - Decisions & the Brain (2021)
  • PSY 544 - Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (2018)

*Year listed indicates when this individual last taught the specified course.

Updated: 11/13/23


  • Ph.D.