Daphna founded the Learning Lab at Columbia in 2007. Daphna received a BA from Tel-Aviv University, double majoring in Psychology and Humanities. She then went on to receive a PhD in Neuroscience from Rutgers University and trained as a postdoc at Stanford University's Psychology Department. Daphna is currently an associate professor in the Psychology department at Columbia University.
The interdisciplinary research in the Learning Lab builds on joint efforts of many people, including undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants, postdocs and collaborators, with expertise spanning multiple disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, genetics and computer science.
My research examines how incremental and episodic forms of learning and memory interact to support behavior, integrating functional imaging and patient studies.
I am interested in why humans sometimes surpass themselves even when their basic competencies remain unchanged. My research aims to understand how incentives and motivation change brain and behavior and the implications for health and disease.
I am interested in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms by which dopamine modulates learning, and what this means for behavior. My research combines pharmacology and behavior in humans.
My research focuses on the role of neuromodulatory systems in memory, in particular how dopamine might regulate episodic encoding and retrieval. My approach integrates pharmacology, behavioral manipulations, and imaging techniques.
I am interested in how implicit and explicit learning systems cooperate and compete to produce adaptive behavior. I develop biologically constrained computational models of learning processes and test their predictions with behavioral and genetic studies.
My research interests focus on the neural bases of learning, memory, and decision making, and how they interact with emotion and motivation.
I am interested in the mechanisms and systems involved in human learning throughout development. I apply an array of tools in the pursuit of this research, including behavioral response measures and non-invasive imaging techniques.
I am interested in how learning influences decision making. I'm working to connect neuroscience research on this question with behavioral results and also with the real-life decisions people make about preparing for natural and man-made disasters.
My research focuses on what motivates people to learn, how this curiosity takes shape in response to various types of information and differing contingencies, and how the motivation to learn ultimately influences memory.
Erin Kendall Braun
I work on many different projects, including learning across the lifespan and the effects of expectation and reward on learning.
I am interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics of large-scale functional brain networks, and how their interactions might contribute to learning and decision making in a variety of contexts.
I am lab manager, and am interested in how different memory systems and the experience of reward influence decision making.
Undergraduate Students and Research Assistants
G. Elliott Wimmer - former PhD student (received in 2012), currently a postdoc at Neuroimage Nord in Hamburg, Germany.
Nathan Clement - former lab manager, currently a PhD student at Duke University.
Katie Insel - former research assistant, currently a PhD student at Harvard University.
Maxwell Bertolero - former research assistant, currently a PhD student at UC Berkeley.