About us:
Under the direction of Dr. Mimi Liljeholm, research in the Learning and Decision Neuroscience Laboratory (LDN Lab) addresses how humans discover and represent the predictive structure of their environment, how such knowledge shapes cognition, perception and motivated behavior, and how those processes go awry in addiction and psychopathology.  Our approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on a wide range of methods from psychology, neuroscience, economics, statistics and machine learning.  In particular, we combine innovative experimental designs with computational modeling and functional MRI, to develop formal accounts of neural and psychological processes.  Topics of interest include a priori constraints on causal induction, goal-directed and habitual control strategies, social transmission of suboptimal policies, subjective utility estimation, and contingency-based stimulus representation.