Assistant Professor of Psychology
Cognition & Perception

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Learning lays the foundation for motivated behavior, enabling us to anticipate and respond adaptively to salient events. Research in my lab focuses on characterizing the diverse learning and decision-making processes that support adaptive motivated behavior. Specifically, I focus on understanding: 1) what cognitive, computational, and neural processes are engaged to predict positive and negative environmental events and evaluate potential behavioral responses, 2) how these learning and decision-making processes change over development as our environments and our capabilities also change, and 3) what factors facilitate or constrain these processes for a given individual. I use an array of methodological techniques to pursue these questions including neuroimaging, psychophysiology, computational modeling, and genetics, in conjunction with experimental paradigms that draw upon both animal learning and economic decision theories.



Ph.D., Psychology, New York University, 2011
B.S., Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 1999


Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University, since 2016
Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology,
 Weill Cornell Medical College, 2014-2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2012-2014

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Catherine Hartley
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
New York University
6 Washington Place, Room 888A
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-2014

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