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Wu Tsai Institute Director Nick Turk-Browne, PhD

Nick Turk-Browne, PhD

Faculty Member Director

Center for Neurocognition and Behavior | Center for Neurocomputation and Machine Intelligence | Center for Neurodevelopment and Plasticity

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Human learning and memory

Nick Turk-Browne studies multiple components of cognition and how they interact, especially how humans perceive, pay attention to, learn from, and remember the world around them. His lab starts with behaviors of interest, assesses how they are generated in the brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging, intracranial recordings, and other neuroscience techniques, and then interprets the resulting behavioral and neural data with machine learning and computational modeling. This approach has led to new insights about how cognition works and develops, for example, why infants are such prodigious learners yet cannot remember those experiences later in life.




Nick Turk-Browne received his Bachelor's degree in 2004 from the University of Toronto in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence and his Doctoral degree in 2009 from Yale University in Cognitive Psychology. He started his lab in 2009 at Princeton University, where he rose from Assistant Professor to Full Professor before returning to Yale in 2017. His partner Lauren works at the School of Public Health and shares three children, Isla, Marlo, and Calder.