Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Principal Investigator: Professor Anne Collins

The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) Lab is a part of the Department of Psychology and the The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. We build and test computational models of learning and executive function.

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We are always looking for new volunteers to contribute to our work. To participate in an experiment in our lab, email or click on Contact Us above for more information about the studies we are recruiting for.


Our research focuses on learning and executive function. We believe that the brain’s processes for learning and decision making are complex and multi-faceted, more like a symphony played by many musicians, each good at their own instrument, than a melody played by one or two instruments. We ask the following questions to understand how the brain learns and makes decisions:

To answer these questions, we use three classes of methods:

You can see examples of specific projects tackling these questions, read published papers that provide some answers, and read more about the methods we use.

Click here to watch Professor Collins’ talk “Stage for Reinforcement Learning”, hosted by Concordia University. Links to other lectures you can watch online can be found under Research Projects.

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