Nicholas Franklin
Graduate Student

    Doctoral Candidate, Cognitive Sciences
    Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island

    B.S. Biology 2009 & B.A. Spanish 2009
    The University of Texas at Austin | Austin TX

Research Interests

I am interested in how people learn and make decision from experience and how neural systems, including the basal ganglia, interact to create a rich suite of behavior. Much of my current work is focused the role uncertainty plays in striatal learning and what insight we can gain using normative theory (i.e. Bayesian inference, reinforcement learning) to guide our investigation of neural systems.

Contact: nicholas_franklin [@]

Franklin NT, Frank MJ (2015). A cholinergic feedback circuitto regulate striatal population uncertainty and optimize reinforcement learning. eLife [link]

Teslovich T, Mulder M, Franklin NT, Ruberry EJ,  Millner A, Somerville LH, Simen P, Durston S, Casey BJ (2014).  Adolescents let sufficient evidence accumulate before making a decision when large incentives are at stake. Developmental Science

Casey BJ, Somerville LH, Gotlib IH, Ayduk O, Franklin NT, Askren MK, Jonides J, Berman MG, Wilson NL, Teslovich T, Glover G, Zayas V, Mischel W, & Shoda Y (2011) Behavioral and neural correlates of delay of gratification 40 years later. PNAS

Recent Posters/Talks

           Franklin NT,  Frank MJ. Generalization in goal-directed learning: independent clustering of action-effect and outcome-values. Cosyne 2015 [Poster]
  1. Franklin NT, Frank MJ . Independent clustering and generalization of action- outcome and outcome-values in goal-directed learning.  Society for Neuroscience 2014 (Talk)