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Name O'Doherty, John Philip
College Address Psychology,
Aras An Phiarsaigh
Main Department Psychology
College Title Adjunct Professor
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Since June 2008 I have been the Thomas N Mitchell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. I obtained my BA in Mathematics and Psychology with first class honours also at Trinity College Dublin (1996), and then from Oct 1997-Oct 2000, completed a D.Phil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in the laboratory of Prof. Edmund Rolls (awarded Nov 2001). From Oct 2000 - Oct 2004 I was a postdoctoral fellow at University College London at the Wellcome Dept of Imaging Neuroscience working with Prof. Ray Dolan. I was Assistant Professor of Psychology at California Institute of Technology from October 2004-August 2007, and have been an Associate Professor there from August 2007-present.
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
B.A. Trinity College Dublin First   1996
D.Phil Oxford University     2001
Details Date
Associate Editor, European Journal of Neuroscience 2008-
Receiving Editor, Neuroimage 2008-
Co-organizer reward and decision-making workshops: Arrowhead CA (April 2006) Lisbon, Portugal (August 2007) Okinawa, Japan (October 2008) 2006-2008
Employment Details
Position Held Job Description Where Date From Date To
Associate Professor of Psychology   California Institute of Technology August 2007 June 2008
Assistant Professor of Psychology   California Institute of Technology Oct 2004 August 2007
Research Fellow   Institute of Neurology, University College London Oct 2000 Oct 2004
Description of Research Interests
My main interest is to develop an understanding of the brain systems involved in representing stimulus reward value, predicting future reward, and in the flexible control of behavior to obtain reward. This is achieved through a combination of functional neuroimaging and human neuropsychological techniques. Recently, I have been involved in the development of a new approach involving the application of computational models to functional neuroimaging data. This enables a much more powerful form of inference than is traditionally made in functional imaging studies, identifying regions with a response profile consistent with a specific computational process rather than merely reporting the 'activation' of a brain region in that task. Other interests include the functional neuroanatomy of human emotions, neural structures involved in social cognition, and the functional anatomy of the gustatory system.
Research Interests
Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes Associative Learning and Conditioning Computational and theoretical models of cognitive processes Functional neuroimaging
Model-based fMRI Neural basis of decision making Neural basis of reward and reward-related learning Neurobiology
Neuropsychology Taste and Olfaction (affective aspects)
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Tricomi E, Rangel A, Camerer C and O'Doherty J.P., Neural evidence for inequality averse social preferences, Nature, 463, (7284), 2010, p1089 - 1091
Tanaka, S., Balleine, B.W. and O'Doherty, J.P. , Calculating consequences: Brain systems that encode the causal effects of actions., Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 2008, p6750 - 6755
Glaescher, J, Hampton A.N. and O'Doherty, J.P. , Determining a role for ventromedial prefrontal cortex in encoding action-based value signals during reward-related decision making., Cerebral Cortex, e-pub, 2008
Hampton AN, Bossaerts P, O'Doherty JP. , Neural correlates of mentalizing-related computations during strategic interactions in humans. , Proc Natl Acad USA, 105, (18), 2008, p6741 - 6745
Hampton AN, Adolphs R, Tyszka MJ, O'Doherty J.P. , Contributions of the amygdala to reward expectancy and choice signals in human prefrontal cortex, Neuron, 55, (4), 2007, p545 - 555
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