Our Publications

Here are some of our most recent publications.


(PRERPINT) Iigaya, K., Yi, S., Wahle, I. A., Tanwisuth, K., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2020). Aesthetic preference for art emerges from a weighted integration over hierarchically structured visual features in the brain. BioRxiv, 940353.

(PREPRINT) Suzuki, S., & O’Doherty, J. (2020). Breaking human social decision making into multiple components and then putting them together again. PsyArXiv, HMBUE.


(PREPRINT) Charpentier, C. C., Iigaya, K., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2019). Neuro-computational account of arbitration between imitation and emulation during human observational learning. BioRxiv, 828723.

Weissengruber, S., Lee, S. W., O’Doherty, J. P., Ruff, C. C., & Wan, S. (2019). Neurostimulation Reveals Context-Dependent Arbitration Between Model-Based and Model-Free Reinforcement Learning. Cerebral Cortex 29 (11), 4850-4862.

Bossaerts, P., Suzuki, S., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2019). Perception of intentionality in investor attitudes towards financial risks. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 23, 189–197.

Tanaka, S., O’Doherty, J. P., & Sakagami, M. (2019). The cost of obtaining rewards enhances the reward prediction error signal of midbrain dopamine neurons. Nature communications 10 (1), 1-13.

Iigaya, K., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2019). Hippocampus Is What Happens while You’re Busy Making Other Plans. Neuron, Vol. 102, pp. 517–519.

Pauli, W. M., Gentile, G., Collette, S., Tyszka, J. M., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2019). Evidence for model-based encoding of Pavlovian contingencies in the human brain. Nature communications 10 (1), 1-11.

Pool, E. R., Pauli, W. M., Kress, C. S., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2019). Behavioural evidence for parallel outcome-sensitive and outcome-insensitive Pavlovian learning systems in humans. Nature Human Behaviour, 3(3), 284–296.

Reiter, A. M. F., Suzuki, S., O'Doherty, J. P., Li, S.-C., & Eppinger, B. (2019). Risk contagion by peers affects learning and decision-making in adolescents. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148(9), 1494–1504.

Kim, D., Park, G. Y., O′Doherty, J. P., & Lee, S. W. (2019). Task complexity interacts with state-space uncertainty in the arbitration between model-based and model-free learning. Nature Communications, 10(1), 1–14.

(PREPRINT) Aquino, T. G., Minxha, J., Dunne, S., Ross, I. B., Mamelak, A. N., Rutishauser, U., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2019). Value-related neuronal responses in the human amygdala during observational learning. BioRxiv, 865568.

(PREPRINT) Iigaya, K., Hauser, T., Kurth-Nelson, Z., O’Doherty, J., Dayan, P., & Dolan, R. (2019). The value of what’s to come: neural mechanisms coupling prediction error and reward anticipation. BioRxiv, 588699.

Van Well, S., O’Doherty, J. P., & Van Winden, F. (2019). Relief from incidental fear evokes exuberant risk taking. PLos ONE 14(1): e0211018.

Dunne, S., Chib, V. S., Berleant, J., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2019). Reappraisal of incentives ameliorates choking under pressure and is correlated with changes in the neural representations of incentives. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 14(1), 13–22.


Charpentier C.J., O’Doherty J.P. (2018). The application of computational models to social neuroscience: promises and pitfalls. Social Neuroscience, 13(6):637–647.

Chib, V. S., Adachi, R., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2018). Neural substrates of social facilitation effects on incentive-based performance. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13(4), 391–403.

Pauli, W. M., Cockburn, J., Pool, E. R., Pérez, O. D., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2018). Computational approaches to habits in a model-free world. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 20, 104–109.

Trapp, S., O’Doherty, J. P., & Schwabe, L. (2018). Stressful Events as Teaching Signals for the Brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22(6), 475–478.

Wang, O., Lee, S. W., O’Doherty, J., Seymour, B., & Yoshida, W. (2018). Model-based and model-free pain avoidance learning. Brain and Neuroscience Advances, 2, 239821281877296.


Colas, J. T., Pauli, W. M., Larsen, T., Tyszka, J. M., & O'Doherty, J. P. (2017). Distinct prediction errors in mesostriatal circuits of the human brain mediate learning about the values of both states and actions: evidence from high-resolution fMRI. PLoS computational biology (Vol. 13).

Collette, S., Pauli, W. M., Bossaerts, P., & Doherty, J. O. (2017). Neural computations underlying inverse reinforcement learning in the human brain, 1-20.

Hill, C. A., Suzuki, S., Polania, R., Moisa, M., O'Doherty, J. P., & Ruff, C. C. (2017). A causal account of the brain network computations underlying strategic social behavior. Nature Neuroscience, 20(8).

O'Doherty JP, Cockburn J, Pauli WM. Learning, Reward, and Decision Making. Annu Rev Psychol. 2017 Jan 3;68:73-100.

Reber, J., Feinstein, J. S., O'Doherty, J. P., Liljeholm, M., Adolphs, R., & Tranel, D. (2017). Selective impairment of goal-directed decision-making following lesions to the human ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Brain, 140(6), 1743-1756.

Suzuki, S., Cross, L., & O'Doherty, J. P. (2017). Elucidating the underlying components of food valuation in the human orbitofrontal cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 20.


Dreher JC, Dunne S, Pazderska A, Frodl T, Nolan JJ, O'Doherty JP. Testosterone causes both prosocial and antisocial status-enhancing behaviors in human males.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Oct 11;113(41):11633-11638.

Dunne S, D'Souza A, O'Doherty JP. The involvement of model-based but not model-free learning signals during observational reward learning in the absence of choice. J Neurophysiol. 2016 Jun 1;115(6):3195-203

Suzuki S, Jensen EL, Bossaerts P, O'Doherty JP. Behavioral contagion during learning about another agent's risk-preferences acts on the neural representation of decision-risk. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Apr 5;113(14):3755-60.


D Marković, J Gläscher, P Bossaerts, J O’Doherty, SJ Kiebel (2015). Modeling the evolution of beliefs using an attentional focus mechanism. PLoS Comput Biol 11 (10), e1004558.

Pauli WM, Larsen T, Collette S, Tyszka JM, Seymour B, O'Doherty JP.Distinct Contributions of Ventromedial and Dorsolateral Subregions of the Human Substantia Nigra to Appetitive and Aversive Learning. J. Neurosci. 2015 Oct 21;35(42):14220-33.

Lee SW, O'Doherty JP, Shimojo S. Neural computations mediating one-shot learning in the human brain. PLoS Biol. 2015 Apr 28;13(4):e1002137

Liljeholm M, Dunne S, O'Doherty JP. Differentiating neural systems mediating the acquisition vs. expression of goal-directed and habitual behavioral control. Eur J Neurosci. 2015 May;41(10):1358-71.

Suzuki S, Adachi R, Dunne S, Bossaerts P, O'Doherty JP. Neural mechanisms underlying human consensus decision-making. Neuron. 2015 Apr 22;86(2):591-602.

McNamee D, Liljeholm M, Zika O, O'Doherty JP. Characterizing the associative content of brain structures involved in habitual and goal-directed actions in humans: a multivariate FMRI study. J Neurosci. 2015 Mar 4;35(9):3764-71.


R. Wessel, J.P. O’Doherty, M.M. Berkebile, D. Linderman, A.R. Aron. Stimulus devaluation induced by stopping action. JEP:General, 2014 Dec;143(6):2316-29.

Chib VS, Shimojo S, O'Doherty JP. The effects of incentive framing on performance decrements for large monetary outcomes: behavioral and neural mechanisms. J Neurosci. 2014 Nov 5;34(45):14833-44.

Liljeholm, M., Dunne, S., and O'Doherty, J.P. Anterior Insula Activity Reflects the Effects of Intentionality on the Anticipation of Aversive Stimulation. J Neuroscience, 34(34):11339-11348.

O'Doherty, J.P. The problem with value. Neuroscience & Biobehav Rev, 43, 259-268

C Cooper, S Dunne, T Furey, JP O'Doherty. The Role of the Posterior Temporal and Medial Prefrontal Cortices in Mediating Learning from Romantic Interest and Rejection. Cerebral Cortex, 2014,  24 (9): 2502-2511.

RK Jessup, JP O'Doherty. Distinguishing informational from value‐related encoding of rewarding and punishing outcomes in the human brain. European Journal of Neuroscience 39 (11)

SW Lee, S Shimojo, JP O’Doherty. Neural Computations Underlying Arbitration between Model-Based and Model-free Learning Neuron 81 (3), 687-699


Boorman, JP O’Doherty, R Adolphs, A Rangel. The behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying the tracking of expertise. Neuron 80 (6), 1558-157.

B De Martino, JP O’Doherty, D Ray, P Bossaerts, C Camerer. In the mind of the market: Theory of mind biases value computation during financial bubbles. Neuron 79 (6), 1222-1231.

E Payzan-LeNestour, S Dunne, P Bossaerts, JP O’Doherty. The neural representation of unexpexted uncertainty during value-based decision making. Neuron 79 (1), 191-201.

SL Lim, JP O'Doherty, A Rangel. Stimulus Value Signals in Ventromedial PFC Reflect the Integration of Attribute Value Signals Computed in Fusiform Gyrus and Posterior Superior Temporal Gyrus. The Journal of Neuroscience 33 (20), 8729-8741.

Liljeholm, M., Wang, S., Zhang, J. and O'Doherty J. P. (2013). Neural Correlates of Divergence of Instrumental Probability Distributions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(30) .

Dunne S., O'Doherty J. P. (2013). Insights from the application of computational neuroimaging to social neuroscience. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 23 (3), 387-392.

Prévost C., McNamee D., Jessup R. K., Bossaerts P., O'Doherty J. P. (2013). Evidence for model-based  computations in the human amygdala during Pavlovian conditioning. PLoS Computational Biology, 9(2)

McNamee D., Rangel A., O'Doherty J. P. (2013). Category-dependent and category-independent goal-value codes in human ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 16(4), 479 - 485


Cooper J. C., Dunne S., Furey T., O'Doherty J.P. (2012). Dorsomedial prefrontal cortex mediates rapid evaluations predicting the outcome of romantic interactions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(45), 15647-15656

Dunne S., O'Doherty J. P. (2012). Choosing for me or choosing for you: value in medial prefrontal cortex. Neuron, 75(6), 942 - 944

Liljeholm M., O'Doherty J. P. (2012). Contributions of the striatum to learning, motivation, and performance: an associative account. Trends in Cognitive Science, 16(9), 467 - 475

Liljeholm M., Molloy C. J., O'Doherty J. P.(2012). Dissociable brain systems mediate vicarious learning of stimulus-response and action-outcome contingencies. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(29), 9878-9886.

Kovach, C. K., Daw, N. D., Rudrauf, D., Tranel, D., O’Doherty, J. P. & Adolphs, R. (2012). Anterior Prefrontal Cortex Contributes to Action Selection through Tracking of Recent Reward Trends. The Journal of Neuroscience: The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 32(25), 8434-8442.

Prevost, C., Liljeholm, M., Tyszka, J. M., & O'Doherty, J. P. (2012). Neural Correlates of Specific and General Pavlovian-to-Instrumental Transfer within Human Amygdalar Subregions: A High-Resolution fMRI Study. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(24), 8383-8390.

Chib, V. S., De Martino, B., Shimojo, S., & O'Doherty, J. P. (2012). Neural mechanisms underlying paradoxical performance for monetary incentives are driven by loss aversion. Neuron, 74(3), 582-594.

O'Doherty, J. P. (2012). Beyond simple reinforcement learning: the computational neurobiology of reward-learning and valuation. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 35(7), 987-990.

Liljeholm, M., & O'Doherty, J. P. (2012). Anything you can do, you can do better: neural substrates of incentive-based performance enhancement. PLoS Biology, 10(2).

Niv, Y., Edlund, J.A., Dayan, P., & O'Doherty, J. P. (2012). Neural prediction errors reveal a risk-sensitive reinforcement-learning process in the human brain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(2), 551-562.


  O'Doherty, J. P. (2011). Contributions of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex to goal-directed action selection. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1239, 118-129.

Hare, T. A., Schultz, W., Camerer, C. F., O'Doherty, J. P., & Rangel, A. (2011). Transformation of stimulus value signals into motor commands during simple choice. Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(44), 18120-18125.

Lim, S. L., O'Doherty, J. P., & Rangel, A. (2011). The decision value computations in the vmPFC and striatum use a relative value code that is guided by visual attention. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(37), 13214-13223.

Cooper, J. C., Dunne, S., Furey, T., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2011). Human dorsal striatum encodes prediction erors during observational learning of instrumental actions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(1), 106-118.

Wunderlich, K., Beiherholm, U. R., Bossaerts, P., & O'Doherty, J. P. (2011). The human prefrontal cortex mediates integration of potential causes behind observed outcomes. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(3), 1558-1569

Prevost, C., McCabe, J. A., Jessup, R. K., Bossaerts, P., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2011). Differentiable contributions of human amygdalar subregions in the computations underlying reward and avoidance learning. European Journal of Neuroscience, 34(1), 134-145.

Jessup, R. K., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2011). Human Dorsal Striatal Activity during Choice Discriminates Reinforcement Learning Behavior from the Gambler’s Fallacy. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(17), 6296-6304.

Kim, H., Shimojo, S., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2011). Overlapping responses for the expectation of juice and money rewards in human ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991), 21(4), 769-776.

Liljeholm, M., Tricomi, E., O’Doherty, J. P., & Balleine, B. W. (2011). Neural correlates of instrumental contingency learning: differential effects of action-reward conjunction and disjunction. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(7), 2474-2480.


Balleine, B.W. and O'Doherty, J.P. (2010). Human and rodent homologies in action control: Cortico-striatal determinants of goal-directed and habitual action, Neuropsychopharmacology, 35(1):48-69.

Bray, S., Shimojo, S., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2010). Human medial orbitofrontal cortex is recruited during experience of imagined and real rewards. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103(5), 2506-2512.

Gläscher, J., Daw, N., Dayan, P., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2010). States versus rewards: dissociable neural prediction error signals underlying model-based and model-free reinforcement learning. Neuron, 66(4), 585-595.

Plassmann, H., O’Doherty, J. P., & Rangel, A. (2010). Appetitive and aversive goal values are encoded in the medial orbitofrontal cortex at the time of decision making. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30(32), 10799-10808.

Schonberg, T., O'Doherty, J.P., Joel, D., Inzelberg, R., Segev, Y, Daw N.D. (2010). 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):772-781.

Tricomi, E., Rangel, A., Camerer, C.F., & O’Doherty, J.P. (2010). Neural evidence for inequality-averse social preferences. Nature, 463(7284), 1089-1091.

Wunderlich, K., Rangel, A., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2010). Economic choices can be made using only stimulus values. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(34), 15005-15010.


Camus, M., Halelamien, N., Plassmann, H., Shimojo, S., O’Doherty, J., Camerer, C., & Rangel, A. (2009). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex decreases valuations during food choices. European Journal of Neuroscience, 30(10), 1980-1988.

Chib, V., Rangel, A., Shimojo, S., & O'Doherty, J.P. (2009). Evidence for a common representation of decision values for dissimilar goods in human ventromedial prefrontal cortex, Journal of Neuroscience, 29(39):12315-20

Gläscher, J., Hampton, A. N., & O’Doherty, J. P. (2009). Determining a Role for Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex in Encoding Action-Based Value Signals During Reward-Related Decision Making. Cerebral Cortex, 19(2), 483 -495.

obler, P.N., Christopoulos, G.I., O’Doherty, J.P., Dolan, R.J., & Schultz, W. (2009). Risk-dependent reward value signal in human prefrontal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tricomi, E., Balleine, BW., O'Doherty, J.P. (2009). A specific role for posterior dorsolateral striatum in human habit learning, European Journal of Neuroscience, 29(11):2225-2232.

Valentin, V., & O'Doherty, J.P. (2009). Overlapping prediction errors in dorsal striatum during instrumental learning with juice and money reward in the human brain, Journal of Neurophysiology, 102(6):3384-91

Wunderlich, K., Rangel, A., & O'Doherty, J.P. (2009). Neural computations underlying action-based decision making in the human brain, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 106(40):17199-17204


Bray, S., Rangel, A., Shimojo, S., Balleine, B., O'Doherty, J.P. (2008). The neural mechanisms underlying the influence of pavlovian cues on human decision making. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(22):5861-6.

Hampton, A.N., Bossaerts, P., O'Doherty, J.P. (2008). Neural correlates of mentalizing-related computations during strategic interactions in humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci US A. 105(18):6741-6.

Hare, T.A., O'Doherty, J., Camerer, C.F., Schultz, W., Rangel, A. (2008). Dissociating the role of the orbitofrontal cortex and the striatum in the computation of goal values and prediction errors. Journal of Neuroscience 28(22):5623-30.

O'Doherty, J.P. and Bossaerts, P. (2008). Towards a mechanistic understanding of human decision making: contributions of functional neuroimaging. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17: 119-123

Plassmann, H., O'Doherty, J., Shiv, B., Rangel, A. (2008). Marketing actions can modulate neural representations of experienced pleasantness. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 105(3):1050-4.

Tanaka, S., Balleine, B.W., & O'Doherty, J.P. (2008). Calculating consequences: Brain systems that encode the causal effects of actions. Journal of Neuroscience,28:6750-5.


Schonberg, T., Daw, N., Joel, D., & O'Doherty, J.P. (2007). Reinforcement Learning Signals in the Human Striatum Distinguish Learners from Nonlearners during Reward-Based Decision Making. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(47):12860-7.

Kim, H., Adolphs, R., O’Doherty, J. P., & Shimojo, S. (2007). Temporal isolation of neural processes underlying face preference decisions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(46), 18253 -18258.

Bray, S., Shimojo, S., O'Doherty, J.P. (2007). Direct instrumental conditioning of neural activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging-derived reward feedback. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(28):7498-507.

Valentin, V.V., Dickinson, A., O'Doherty, J.P. (2007). Determining the neural substrates of goal-directed learning in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience 27(15):4019-26.

Plassmann, H., O'Doherty, J., Rangel, A. (2007). Orbitofrontal cortex encodes willingness to pay in everyday economic transactions. Journal of Neuroscience 27(37):9984-8.

O’Doherty, J. P. (2007). Lights, Camembert, Action! The Role of Human Orbitofrontal Cortex in Encoding Stimuli, Rewards, and Choices. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1121(1), 254-272.

Hampton, A.N., Adolphs, R., Tyszka, M.J., O'Doherty, J.P. (2007). Contributions of the amygdala to reward expectancy and choice signals in human prefrontal cortex. Neuron 16;55(4):545-55.

Murray, E.A., O'Doherty, J.P., Schoenbaum G. (2007). What we know and do not know about the functions of the orbitofrontal cortex after 20 years of cross-species studies. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(31):8166-9.

O'Doherty J.P, Hampton A, Kim H. (2007). Model-based fMRI and its application to reward learning and decision making. Ann N Y Acad Sci, 1104:35-53.

Bray, S., O'Doherty, J. (2007). Neural coding of reward-prediction error signals during classical conditioning with attractive faces. J Neurophysiol. 97(4):3036-45