How do our thoughts shape our actions? How do our actions shape and focus our thoughts? Our laboratory studies the links between cognition and decision making in behavioral, computational and physiological terms.

Of central interest in the lab are the mechanisms of information sampling, active learning and curiosity, and their significance for attention, decisions and cognitive control.



Jackie presents at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems in Vancouver, Canada on December 13-14, 2019.

Columbia News Article

Jackie contributes to and is interviewed for a Columbia News article on Why Being Bored Can Be Hazardous to Your Health.

SFN Nanosymposium, Sunday pm

Nicholas Singletary organizes a nano symposium on Information Seeking at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago, IL.


Frontal and parietal neurons encode reward prediction errors in multiple reference frames.

Foley, N., Cohanpour, M., Semework, M., Sheth, S., and Gottlieb, J. (2019): BiorXiv, doi: 10.1101/769869.

Jackie is the Kavli Neuroscience Workshop speaker at the Society for Neuroeconomics meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

Mike Cohanpour passes his qualifying exam and is a PhD candidate. Congratulations! 


Diverse Motives for Human Curiosity

Kobayashi, Ravaioli, Baranes, Woodford and Gottlieb,

Nature Human Behavior, 2019 Apr 15. doi: 10.1038/s41562-019-0589-3. Supplementary material. 


Parietal neurons encode information sampling based on decision uncertainty

Horan, M., Daddaoua, N., and Gottlieb, J. Nature Neuroscience. 2019 Aug;22(8):1327-1335. Supplementary Material

Video Released

Information sampling in neuroscience and economics.


Yuhao Jin (aka Leo) is accepted to the Columbia Biology PhD program.


Jackie is interviewed by Lynn Borton on Choose to Be Curious


Toward a neuroscience of information sampling and curiosity

Gottlieb and Oudeyer, Nat Rev Neurosci. 2018 Dec;19(12):758-770. doi: 10.1038/s41583-018-0078-0.


Mike Cohanpour joins the lab for his PhD, co-supervised with Mariam Aly.


Nick Singletary passes his qualifications and is now a PhD candidate.


Nick Singletary joins the lab for his PhD, co-supervised with Guillermo Horga.

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