wouter kool

My name is Wouter Kool and I am a postdoctoral researcher the labs of Fiery Cushman and Sam Gershman in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. Before coming to Cambridge, I did my doctoral work in the Botvinick Lab at Princeton University.

My research focuses on issues that lie at the intersection of the science on cognitive control, decision making, and social psychology. I am interested in how our intrinsic bias to avoid mental effort affects (social) cognition.

You can reach me at wkool@fas.harvard.edu.

recent papers

How we decide how to decide?
We show that humans adaptively balance habitual (model-free) and goal-directed (model-based) reinforcement learning through online cost-benefit analysis.
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When does model-based control pay off?
In reinforcement learning, goal-directed behavior is supposed to be more accurate than habit, but we found that in typical tasks it is not. We fixed that!
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