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Wolfgang is a post-doctoral fellow and joined the lab in 2006. He received is MS in Psychology in 2005, his MS in Computer Science in 2006, and his PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2011.

Reasearch Interests:

My research projects focus on the interaction between motivation and cognition. In particular, we are interested in mechanisms of hierarchical decision-making. We combine behavioral neuroscience with computational neuroscience to develop a better understanding of the interactions between frontal cortical and subcortical brain areas.


Pauli, W.M., Clark, A.D. and Guenther, H.J., O'Reilly, R.C., Rudy, J.W. (2012). Inhibiting PKMζ reveals dorsal lateral and dorsal medial striatum store the different memories needed to support adaptive behavior. Learning and Memory.

Pauli, W.M., Hazy, T.E., & O'Reilly, R.C. (2012). Expectancy, Ambiguity, and Behavioral Flexibility: Separable and Complementary Roles of the Orbital Frontal Cortex and Amygdala in Processing Reward Expectancies. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 24 (2), 351 – 366.

O'Reilly, R.C. & Herd, S.A. & Pauli W.M. (2010). Computational models of cognitive control. Curr Opinion in Neurobiology. 2010 Apr;20(2):257-61. Epub 2010 Feb 23.

Pauli, W.M. & Atallah, H.E. & O'Reilly, R.C. (2010) Integrating what & how/where with instrumental and pavlovian learning: a biologically-based computational model. In Cognition and Neuropsychology (Vol. 1) (Frensch, P.A. and Schwarzer, R., eds), Psychology Press.

Pauli, W. M. & Röder, B. (2008). Emotional salience changes the focus of spatial attention. Brain Research, 1214, 94-104.

Pauli, W.M. & O'Reilly R.C. (2008). Attentional Control of Associative Learning - a possible role of the central cholinergic system. Brain Research, 1202, 43-53.

Invited Talks

  • 37th Interdisciplinary Conference, Breckenridge, CO, 2012
  • 36th Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson, WY, 2011
  • 65th Annual Meeting, Society of Biological Psychiatry, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2010
  • 10th Tamagawa-Riken Dynamic Brain Forum, Hakuba, Japan, 2007


  • The Orcus System - software to run behavioral neuroscience experiments using a web browser TheOrcusSystem