Learning is essential to human behavior. From the classroom to the trading floor to ordering at a restaurant, our ability to make good decisions is shaped by how we learn from experience. Research in the Learning Lab seeks to understand how this happens in the brain.
Mechanisms for widespread hippocampal involvement in cognition.

Shohamy & Turk-Browne

Our Approach


Research in the Learning lab is focused on how the brain supports learning, memory and decision making in humans. We adopt an integrative approach that combines functional brain imaging (fMRI) with patient and developmental studies. Converging these methods allows us to understand the brain regions that are involved, and necessary, for cognition.

Multiple Learning Systems


Our efforts focus on understanding the interaction between two brain regions that are thought to support different kinds of learning - the hippocampus, and the striatum - and how they change with different kinds of experiences, between individuals, and across the lifespan.

Dopamine and Learning
Dopamine is central to motivation, affect and learning. We aim to understand how dopamine contributes to these different processes and to characterize the implications for learning-guided choice.
PhD
Congratulations to Dr. Jenna Reinen for successfully defending her dissertation! May 2014.

NSF Award
Congratulations to Erin Kendall Braun for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! April 2014.
The Learning Lab is located on the third floor of the Psychology Department on the Morningside Heights Campus of Columbia University.



If you are interested in joining our team or participating in a research study, please email us.