Wouter Kool

principal investigator

Wouter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He was born in the Netherlands, where he earned a B.Sc. in Psychology from Leiden University. After moving to the United States, he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University, and then was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University.

In his free time, Wouter enjoys distance running, cooking good food, mixing cocktails, playing games, and making music. He is a fan of AFC Ajax and the Netherlands national football team, and he believes that punk rock is the best music genre.
Bettina Bustos

lab manager

Broadly, Bettina is interested in how prior knowledge can assist or interfere with flexible deployment and adaptive updating of cognitive control strategies. Previously, as an undergrad at UT Austin she studied the control of prospective memory strategies in dynamic environments.

Outside of the lab she enjoys cycling, running, coffee and most things edible.
Davide Gheza

postdoc

Davide joined the CDM lab to extend his research on cognitive effort within the domain of reinforcement learning. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy. He then moved to Gent University (Belgium), where he earned his Ph.D. in 2019. His doctoral research focused on motivational and reward processes during performance monitoring. He then moved to the University of Göttingen (Germany) for his first postdoctoral appointment, following up on his research on the motivating role of effort and reward information, and on neurophysiological signatures of effort allocation.

In his free time, Davide enjoys running and cycling and (not) thinking about fatigue, working on his pizza dough recipe, and giving broken stuff a second life.
Jackson Colvett

collaborating graduate student

Jackson is a collaborating graduate student in the Control and Decision Making Lab. He is primarily appointed in another lab in WashU's psychology department, the Cognitive Control and Aging Lab. Before moving to Saint Louis, Jackson graduated from Wake Forest University.

Jackson's primary research interests are how cognitive control states are learned, and whether learned control states are applied in new and similar situations. Outside of the lab, you can find Jackson hiking, running around Forest Park, or drinking at the local coffeeshops and breweries (favorites: Rise and Heavy Riff). When he can, Jackson also likes to make and compete in trivia contests.

Wouter Kool

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Bettina Bustos

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Davide Gheza

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Jack Dolgin

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Jackson Colvett

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Ata Karagoz

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Eric Gruber

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Kale Patel

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Melodey Soong

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