John P. O'Doherty
Fletcher Jones Professor of Decision Neuroscience
B.A., University of Dublin (Trinity College), 1996; D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2000. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2004-07; Associate Professor, 2007-09; Professor of Psychology, 2009-21; Professor of Decision Neuroscience, 2021-; Fletcher Jones Professor, 2021-; Director, Caltech Brain Imaging Center, 2013-17.
John P. O'Doherty studies the neural basis of reward-related learning and decision making, complex computational problems that have come to be solved by the brain over the course of evolution. He's interested in how the human brain can learn from experience in order to make decisions that maximize future rewards and minimize future costs.
Neural Basis of Reward and Reward-Related Learning; Neuroimaging; Conditioning and Associative Learning; Taste and Olfaction; Affective Neuroscience
How the Brain Creates Your Taste in Art
February 24, 2023
Researchers in the lab of John O’Doherty have found the neural basis for how brains create aesthetic preferences.
Caltech Faculty Receive Named Professorships, Leadership Chairs
January 19, 2022
This year Caltech recognized two faculty members with the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty, a named professorship; and three faculty members with leadership chairs.
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June 15, 2021
New study offers insight into how people make aesthetic judgments.