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Andrea Stocco

Associate Professor

Degree From: University of Trieste

Interests: Computational neuroscience, cognitive science, learning, cognitive control


Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?
I am POSSIBLY accepting graduate students in 2023-2024, please contact me directly with questions
Advising Areas:
Cognition and Perception


I am interested in understanding the relationship between cognition and the brain from an information-processing point of view, asking questions such as "What are the fundamental computations needed for this task?" and "How can these computations be implemented within this specific brain circuit?". In particular, I have been interested in the mechanisms that permit intelligent and adaptive behavior, with a particular focus on the interaction between prefrontal cortex and the basal ganglia.

Selected Publications

  • Smith, B. M., Thomasson, M., Yang, Y. C., Sibert, C., & Stocco, A. (2021). When Fear Shrinks the Brain: A Computational Model of the Effects of Posttraumatic Stress on Hippocampal Volume. Topics in Cognitive Science, 13(3), 499-514.
  • Stocco, A., Sibert, C., Steine-Hanson, Z., Koh, N., Laird, J. E., Lebiere, C. J., & Rosenbloom, P. (2021). Analysis of the human connectome data supports the notion of a “Common Model of Cognition” for human and human-like intelligence across domains. NeuroImage, 235, 118035.
  • Rao, R. P., Stocco, A., Bryan, M., Sarma, D., Youngquist, T. M., Wu, J., & Prat, C. S. (2014). A direct brain-to-brain interface in humans. PloS one, 9(11), e111332.
  • Cole, M. W., Laurent, P., & Stocco, A. (2013). Rapid instructed task learning: A new window into the human brain’s unique capacity for flexible cognitive control. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 13(1), 1-22.
  • Stocco, A., Lebiere, C., & Anderson, J. R. (2010). Conditional routing of information to the cortex: A model of the basal ganglia’s role in cognitive coordination. Psychological review, 117(2), 541.
  • Anderson, J. R., Fincham, J. M., Qin, Y., & Stocco, A. (2008). A central circuit of the mind. Trends in cognitive sciences, 12(4), 136-143.

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