John Pearson

John Pearson

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2004

  • B.S., University of Kentucky at Lexington 1999


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.

Yorzinski, J. L., et al. “Erratum: Through their eyes: Selective attention in peahens during courtship (Journal of Experimental Biology 216 (3035-3046)).” Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 216, no. 22, Nov. 2013, p. 4310. Scopus, doi:10.1242/jeb.098392. Full Text

Blanchard, Tommy C., et al. “Postreward delays and systematic biases in measures of animal temporal discounting.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol. 110, no. 38, Sept. 2013, pp. 15491–96. Pubmed, doi:10.1073/pnas.1310446110. Full Text

Pearson, John M., and Michael L. Platt. “Dopamine: burning the candle at both ends.Neuron, vol. 79, no. 5, Sept. 2013, pp. 831–33. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2013.08.011. Full Text

Yorzinski, Jessica L., et al. “Through their eyes: selective attention in peahens during courtship.J Exp Biol, vol. 216, no. Pt 16, Aug. 2013, pp. 3035–46. Pubmed, doi:10.1242/jeb.087338. Full Text

Chang, Steve W. C., et al. “Neuroethology of primate social behavior.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol. 110 Suppl 2, June 2013, pp. 10387–94. Pubmed, doi:10.1073/pnas.1301213110. Full Text

San Martín, René, et al. “Rapid brain responses independently predict gain maximization and loss minimization during economic decision making.J Neurosci, vol. 33, no. 16, Apr. 2013, pp. 7011–19. Pubmed, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4242-12.2013. Full Text Open Access Copy

Addicott, Merideth A., et al. “Smoking and the bandit: a preliminary study of smoker and nonsmoker differences in exploratory behavior measured with a multiarmed bandit task.Exp Clin Psychopharmacol, vol. 21, no. 1, Feb. 2013, pp. 66–73. Pubmed, doi:10.1037/a0030843. Full Text

Pearson, John M., and Michael L. Platt. “Change detection, multiple controllers, and dynamic environments: insights from the brain.Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, vol. 99, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 74–84. Epmc, doi:10.1002/jeab.5. Full Text

Pearson, John M., et al. “Individual differences in social information gathering revealed through Bayesian hierarchical models.Front Neurosci, vol. 7, 2013, p. 165. Pubmed, doi:10.3389/fnins.2013.00165. Full Text

Adams, Geoffrey K., et al. “Neuroethology of decision-making.Curr Opin Neurobiol, vol. 22, no. 6, Dec. 2012, pp. 982–89. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.conb.2012.07.009. Full Text