About

We are a cognitive neuroscience lab that uses behavioral and neuroscience methods as well as computational modeling to study learning and decision making.

One focus we have is on answering basic cognitive neuroscience questions about things related to reinforcement learning, categorization, and decision-making.

A second focus is to take the experimental paradigms, mathematical models, and analysis approaches we have developed through basic cognitive neuroscience research and use the to ask applied questions.

We are funded by the National Institute on Aging to examine how aging influences decision-making. We are also examining how things like impulsivity, substance use, dopaminergic affinity, personality, and other individual differences affect things like reward processing and decision-making.

Lab Positions (Updated 10/10/17)

We are looking for 1-2 postdocs.  Here is the ad:

The Worthylab in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience area within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University seeks applicants for 1-2 post-doctoral research associate positions. The successful candidate will have demonstrated competence in publishing scholarly work in top cognition and cognitive neuroscience journals. The ideal candidate will be proficient in designing behavioral experiments to test important empirical questions, and in mathematical modeling and fMRI analysis. The ideal candidate will also have published several papers, particularly first-authored papers in top journals on topics related to learning and decision-making. Duties include managing lab equipment and personnel, overseeing participant and research assistant scheduling, designing, carrying out and publishing research, recruiting participants, managing IRB applications, as well as other duties related to managing a lab and conducting quality research. Candidates who possess certain desired skills, but seek training in others will also be given strong consideration. The position is intended to last two years, as such, a two-year commitment is expected. The successful candidate is expected to start between January and August 2018.

Required Education and Experience:
Doctoral degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, or related field (completed by (Semester 2017).

Preferred Education and Experience:
-Ph.D in Psychology
-Experience with mathematical modeling or fMRI analysis
-Several first authored journal publications

Required Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
-Spoken English competency
-Written English competency

Other Factors Preferred:
-Published work relevant to research published by the Worthylab
-Desire to learn additional research skills
-Desire to obtain tenure-track position at a research-focused university

Instructions for Applicants:
To apply please email cover letter, CV, 1-3 published writing samples, and at least two letters of reference to Dr. Darrell Worthy (worthyda@tamu.edu). Review of applications will begin October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.