Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall

Welcome to the ACT lab, a cognitive psychology and neuroscience research group led by Samuel McDougle in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.


July 25th, 2022
• New paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: "Motor Learning Without Movement"

June 8th, 2022
• Check out Juliana's new paper in Proceedings of the 5th Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making: "Reward prediction error modulates sustained attention"

April 10th, 2022
• Check out new work from Juliana Trach, Sami Yousif, and Flora Zhang now accepted at Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society:
[link to Publications tab]

March 14th, 2022
• New paper accepted at Brain: "Continuous manipulation of mental representations is compromised in cerebellar degeneration"

Feb 17th, 2022
• New paper at Trends in Neurosciences: "Going Beyond Primary Motor Cortex to Improve Brain-Computer Interfaces"

Jan 15th, 2022
• New paper accepted at Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience: "Revisiting the role of the medial temporal lobe in motor learning"

November 25th, 2021
• New piece out at Nature: "Context is key for learning motor skills"

October 24th, 2021
• New paper out at Neuroscience: "Post-error slowing during instrumental learning is shaped by working memory-based choice strategies"

August 16th, 2021
• New preprint: "Learning from the path not taken: Sensory prediction errors are sufficient for implicit adaptation of withheld movements"

July 7th, 2021
• New paper out at Cerebral Cortex: "Executive Function Assigns Value to Novel Goal-Congruent Outcomes"

January 21st, 2021
• New paper out at Neuron: "Behavioral, physiological, and neural signatures of surprise during naturalistic sports viewing"

October 22nd, 2020
• New preprint: "Executive modulation of brain reward systems endows goals with value" [link]

September 15th, 2020
• New preprint: "An associative learning account of sensorimotor adaptation" [link]

July 28th, 2020
• New paper out at Psychonomic Bulletin & Review: "Modeling the influence of working memory, reinforcement, and action uncertainty on reaction time and choice during instrumental learning" [link]

June 18th, 2020
• New preprint: "The role of executive function in shaping reinforcement learning" [link]

April 9th, 2020
• New preprint: "Cerebellar degeneration selectively disrupts continuous mental operations in visual cognition" [link]

March 29th, 2020
• New preprint: "Behavioral, physiological, and neural signatures of surprise during naturalistic sports viewing" [link]

March 20th, 2020
• New paper accepted at Journal of Neurophysiology [link]

November 26th, 2019
• New preprint: "Distinct processing of selection and execution errors in neural signatures of outcome monitoring" [link]

August 2nd, 2019
• New preprint: "Explicit strategies in force field adaptation" [link]

July 1st, 2019
• New preprint: "The influence of working memory, reinforcement learning, and action uncertainty on choice reaction time" [link]

May 2nd, 2019
• New paper out in Current Biology [link]

March 31st, 2019
• It's official: starting a lab @ Yale in Summer 2020! [link]

Janurary 3rd, 2019
• New paper out in Nature Communications [link]