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Since June 2008 I have been the Thomas N Mitchell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. I obtained my BA in Mathematics and Psychology with first class honours also at Trinity College Dublin (1996), and then from Oct 1997-Oct 2000, completed a D.Phil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in the laboratory of Prof. Edmund Rolls (awarded Nov 2001). From Oct 2000 - Oct 2004 I was a postdoctoral fellow at University College London at the Wellcome Dept of Imaging Neuroscience working with Prof. Ray Dolan. I was Assistant Professor of Psychology at California Institute of Technology from October 2004-August 2007, and have been an Associate Professor there from August 2007-present.
  Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes   Associative Learning and Conditioning   Computational and theoretical models of cognitive processes   Functional neuroimaging   Model-based fMRI   Neural basis of decision making   Neural basis of reward and reward-related learning   Neurobiology   Neuropsychology   Taste and Olfaction (affective aspects)
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Associate Editor, European Journal of Neuroscience 2008-
Receiving Editor, Neuroimage 2008-
Co-organizer reward and decision-making workshops: Arrowhead CA (April 2006) Lisbon, Portugal (August 2007) Okinawa, Japan (October 2008) 2006-2008
Cooper,Jeffrey C. J.C., Dunne,Simon S., Furey,Teresa T., O'Doherty,John P. J.P., The role of the posterior temporal and medial prefrontal cortices in mediating learning from romantic interest and rejection, Cerebral Cortex, 24, (9), 2014, p2502-2511 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
McNamee,Daniel D., Rangel,Antonio A., O'Doherty,John P. J.P., Category-dependent and category-independent goal-value codes in human ventromedial prefrontal cortex, Nature Neuroscience, 16, (4), 2013, p479-485 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Prévost C, McNamee D, Jessup RK, Bossaerts P, O'Doherty JP, Evidence for model-based computations in the human amygdala during Pavlovian conditioning., PLoS computational biology, 9, (2), 2013, pe1002918 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Emma J. Rose, Ciara Greene, Sinead Kelly, Derek W. Morris, Ian H. Robertson, Ciara Fahey, Sarah Jacobson, John O'Doherty, Fiona N. Newell, Jane McGrath, Arun Bodke, Hugh Garavan, Thomas Frodl, Michael Gill, Aiden P. Corvin, Gary Donohoe, The NOS1 variant rs6490121 is associated with variation in prefrontal function and gray matter density in healthy individuals, NeuroImage, 60, (1), 2012, p614-622 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Rose EJ, Morris DW, Fahey C, Robertson IH, Greene C, O'Doherty J, Newell FN, Garavan H, McGrath J, Bokde A, Tropea D, Gill M, Corvin AP, Donohoe G., The effect of the neurogranin schizophrenia risk variant rs12807809 on brain structure and function., Twin Research and Human Genetics, 15, (3), 2012, p296 - 303, Notes: [PMID: 22856365], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Jessup RK, O'Doherty JP, Human Dorsal Striatal Activity during Choice Discriminates Reinforcement Learning Behavior from the Gambler's Fallacy., Journal of Neuroscience, 31, (17), 2011, p6296-304 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Tricomi E, Rangel A, Camerer C and O'Doherty J.P., Neural evidence for inequality averse social preferences, Nature, 463, (7284), 2010, p1089 - 1091, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Schonberg, T., O'Doherty, J.P., Joel, D., Inzelberg, R., Segev, Y, Daw N.D, Selective impairment of prediction error signaling in human dorsolateral but not ventral striatum in Parkinson's disease patients: evidence from a model-based fMRI study, Neuroimage, 49, (1), 2010, p772 - 781, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Balleine, B.W. and O'Doherty, J.P., Human and rodent homologies in action control: Cortico-striatal determinants of goal-directed and habitual action., Neuropsychopharmacology, 35, (1), 2010, p48-69 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Bray S, Shimojo S, O'Doherty JP, Human medial orbitofrontal cortex is recruited during experience of imagined as well as real rewards., Journal of neurophysiology, 2010, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Jessup RK, O'Doherty JP., It was nice not seeing you: perceptual learning with rewards in the absence of awareness., Neuron, 61, (5), 2009, p649 - 650, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


My main interest is to develop an understanding of the brain systems involved in representing stimulus reward value, predicting future reward, and in the flexible control of behavior to obtain reward. This is achieved through a combination of functional neuroimaging and human neuropsychological techniques. Recently, I have been involved in the development of a new approach involving the application of computational models to functional neuroimaging data. This enables a much more powerful form of inference than is traditionally made in functional imaging studies, identifying regions with a response profile consistent with a specific computational process rather than merely reporting the 'activation' of a brain region in that task. Other interests include the functional neuroanatomy of human emotions, neural structures involved in social cognition, and the functional anatomy of the gustatory system.