Catherine Hartley, New York University, received a 2023 Troland Research Award.

Hartley has provided novel insights into the neural and cognitive mechanisms of age-related change in learning and decision making, expanding our understanding of the developing mind and brain.

Her research examines changes in brain systems that support motivated learning and memory, unveiling developmental shifts in the cognitive computations that underlie adaptive, goal-directed behavior. 

Hartley’s groundbreaking research has looked at how neurodevelopmental changes bias which learning systems govern decisions. She has also conducted impactful research exploring how we learn about threats and control threat reactions. These lines of research have important implications for educational practices, understanding both adolescent risk-taking and the developmental emergence of psychopathology.

Two Troland Research Awards of $75,000 are given annually to recognize unusual achievement by early-career researchers (preferably 45 years of age or younger) and to further empirical research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology. The Troland Research Award was established by a trust created in 1931 by the bequest of Leonard T. Troland.


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