John Pearson

John Pearson
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Campus mail: Duke Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 613-8338

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.

Education and Training

  • University of Kentucky at Lexington, B.S. 1999
  • Princeton University, Ph.D. 2004


Decision making: the neuroethological turn.

Neuroeconomics applies models from economics and psychology to inform neurobiological studies of choice. This approach has revealed neural signatures of concepts like value, risk, and ambiguity, which are known to influence decision making.