About the Wallis Lab
We are part of the Department of Psychology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. Our research focuses on understanding the functional organization of the frontal cortex at the single neuron level. Our methods use sophisticated behavioral paradigms, multichannel recording and computational analysis of neuronal data. We aim to understand the neuronal mechanisms underlying a number of high-level cognitive and behavioral processes, including decision-making, learning and working memory. The goal of our research is to guide the development of the next generation of treatments for mental illness.
A postdoctoral position is available to study neural mechanisms underpinning decision-making, reward processing and executive control. For information about applying please click here.
Jan 2015: Nick Malecek joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Nick did his Ph.D. with Dr. Russell Poldrack at Stanford.
Dec 2014: Our collaboration with Dr. Xiao-Jing Wang at NYU shows that the timescale of intrinsic neural fluctuations lengthens in higher cortical areas. The paper was published in Nature Neuroscience.
Oct 2014: Mauricio Rangel-Gomez joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Mauricio did his Ph.D. with Dr. Jan Theeuwes at VU University Amsterdam.
Sep 2014: The lab has been awarded an R21 to examine whether prediction errors in the anterior cingulate cortex are dopamine-dependent.
June 2014: Eric Knudsen joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Eric did his Ph.D. with Dr. Karen Moxon in the Neurorobotics Lab at Drexel University.
May 2014: Our lab is part of a team that has been selected by DARPA to build brain implants for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disease. Further details can be found here:
Apr 2014: Antonio published a paper showing how multiple items are encoded in prefrontal cortex in Nature Neuroscience.
Mar 2014: The lab has been awarded an R01 to study the functional organization of the orbitofrontal cortex.
Jan 2014: Erin published a paper examining the medial-lateral organization of orbitofrontal cortex in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.