The Relationship between Mental Illness, Decision Making and Cognitive Function
: 6-10 weeks, up to 20 hours/week
Number of Positions
: Hourly Princeton student RA rate, based on actual hours worked
: Yael Niv
, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
: Research in the Niv Lab focuses on the neural and computational processes underlying day to day reinforcement learning and decision-making: how we learn, from trial and error, to predict future events and to maximize reward and minimize punishment. In particular, the lab is interested in how attention and memory processes interact with learning to create representations that allow us to learn to solve new tasks so efficiently. Its emphasis is on model-based experimentation: it uses computational models to make precise hypotheses about data, to design experiments, and to analyze results. In the Niv lab, the main goal of computational models is not to simulate the system, but rather to understand what high-level computations that system is realizing, and what functionality these computations fulfill.
Research Assistant Responsibilities
: The RA will participate in designing, running and analyzing online studies investigating the relationship between self-reported symptoms of mental illness and decision making on tasks aimed to probe cognitive function.
: Proficiency with software programming is preferred.