Samuel McDougle

Samuel McDougle joins the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor. His research pertains to the cognitive psychology and neuroscience of human skill learning, with a focus on interactions between high-level cognition and the motor system. This work leverages various methods, including computational modeling, functional neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and behavioral studies. His work has appeared in leading scientific journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Biology, Nature Communications, and the Journal of Neuroscience. Samuel was a recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for his postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he investigated human reinforcement learning. As a graduate student, he held a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a Centennial Scholar Fellowship from Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2018.