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.

We're hiring!

A postdoctoral position is available to study neural mechanisms underpinning decision-making, reward processing and executive control. For information about applying please click here.

Lab news

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:

Targetting brain circuitry to treat mental disorders

$26 million grant to build brain implant

Apr 2014: Congratulations to Antonio! His work examining how multiple items are encoded in prefrontal cortex was accepted by Nature Neuroscience.

Mar 2014: The lab has been awarded a new 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.

Oct 2013: Taka and Steve published work examining how prefrontal neurons perform cost-benefit analysis in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Mar 2013: Our collaboration with Yael Niv looking at hierarchical reinforcement learning has led to a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Dec 2012: Chung-Hay published a paper comparing stimulus-guided and action-guided choice in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Mar 2012: Erin was awarded a fellowship from the Hilda and Preston Davis foundation. Her research will investigate the neural computations that may underlie eating disorders.

Feb 2012: Antonio has published the lab's first ever paper in the Journal of Vision.

Nov 2011: "Cross-species studies of orbitofrontal cortex and value-based decision-making" published in Nature Neuroscience.

Oct 2011: Press release about our research:
http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/10/30/addicted-brain/

Oct 2011: "Double dissociation of value computations in orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate neurons" published in Nature Neuroscience.

Wallis Lab

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