Randall C. O'Reilly

Institute of Cognitive Sciences; Psychology; Member of the Center for Neuroscience

Department of Psychology, Campus Box 345
Muen. D251C
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0345

email: oreilly@grey.colorado.edu
Phone: 303-492-0054
FAX: 303-492-2967
Website: http://psych.colorado.edu/~oreilly

Dr. O'Reilly received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Carnegie Mellon University. After a one-year postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Fall of 1997. Dr. O'Reilly's overall research goal is to understand the biological and computational bases of human cognition. This is a particularly challenging endeavor because of the complexity of both cognition and neurobiology. To make progress, some simplifying assumptions are required. Computational models, based on simplified biological neurons, play this role in his work. These models are capable of making links between important biological properties and cognitive phenomena, and doing so in a way that can provide explanations and insight that were not available in considerations of either neurobiology or cognition separately. O'Reilly has focused this approach on understanding the roles of the hippocampus, posterior neocortex, and frontal neocortex in learning and memory.

Selected Publications:

O'Reilly, R.C. (2010). The What and How of prefrontal cortical organization. Trends in Neurosciences, 33, 355-361.

Hazy, T.E., Frank, M.J., & O'Reilly, R.C. (2010). Neural mechanisms of acquired phasic dopamine responses in learning. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 701-720.

O'Reilly, R.C. (2006). Biologically-Based Computational Models of High-Level Cognition. Science, 314, 91-94.

O'Reilly, R.C. & Frank, M.J. (2006). Making Working Memory Work: A Computational Model of Learning in the Prefrontal Cortex and Basal Ganglia. Neural Computation, 18, 283-328.