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John Pearson

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Duke Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708
Bryan Research Building, 101H, Durham, NC 27710


My research focuses on the application of machine learning methods to the analysis of brain data and behavior. I have a special interest in the neurobiology of reward and decision-making, particularly issues surrounding foraging, impulsivity, and self-control. More generally, I am interested in computational principles underlying brain organization at the mesoscale, and work in my lab studies phenomena that range from complex social behaviors to coding principles of the retina.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology · 2022 - Present Neurobiology, Basic Science Departments
Assistant Research Professor in Neurobiology · 2018 - Present Neurobiology, Basic Science Departments
Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering · 2018 - Present Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering
Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience · 2016 - Present Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Princeton University · 2004 Ph.D.
University of Kentucky · 1999 B.S.