Wouter Kool, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

My research explores the interaction between cognitive control, decision making, and reinforcement learning. In the Control and Decision-Making Lab, we approach these issues by combining insights from behavioral experiments, computational modeling, and neuroimaging. Recent research from the lab examines how the brain implements effort-based decision making, how the mind arbitrates between multiple choice strategies, and how people learn how to adapt such arbitration processes in dynamic learning contexts. Together with our collaborators, we are leveraging these tools to study psychopathology and neurological disorder, investigating how these processes are affected in, for example, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.