John Pearson

John Pearson
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Assistant Research Professor in Neurobiology
Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Campus mail: Duke Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 613-8338
Email address:

My research focuses on the application of machine learning methods to the analysis of brain data and behavior. I have a special interest in the neurobiology of reward and decision-making, particularly issues surrounding foraging, impulsivity, and self-control. More generally, I am interested in computational principles underlying brain organization at the mesoscale, and work in my lab studies phenomena that range from complex social behaviors to coding principles of the retina.

Education and Training

  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, B.S. 1999
  • Princeton University, Ph.D. 2004