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Joshua W. Brown

Associate Professor Psychological And Brain Sciences
Phone: (812) 855-9282


  • B.S., UC San Diego, 1996
  • Ph.D., Cognitive & Neural Systems, Boston University, 2001

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral fellow, Vanderbilt University, 2000-2001
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Washington University in St. Louis, 2001-2005

Research Interests

My research focuses on the neural mechanisms of cognitive control, namely how humans monitor and flexibly direct their own behavior to achieve complex goals. I have used a variety of methodologies, including single-unit neurophysiology in awake behaving primates, studies of behavior and individual differences, functional neuroimaging, and computational neural modeling to provide unified accounts of neurophysiology, fMRI, and behavioral data. My current focus is on the neural mechanisms of error likelihood prediction and risk perception in decision-making, using combined fMRI and computational neural modeling.

Dissertation Committee Service

Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Chadderdon III, George LA Neurocomputational Model of the Functional Role of Dopamine in Stimulus Response Task Learning And Performance (March 2009) Sporns, O. (Chair), Brown, J., Townsend, J., Todd, P.
Jessup, Ryan Neural Correlates of the Behavioral Differences Between Descriptive and Experiential Choice: An Examination Combining Computational Modeling with FMRI (September 2008)Busemeyer, J. (Chair), Brown, J., Sporns, O., Todd, P.