Predicting human behavior
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 8/6/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Predicting human behavior with advanced computational neuroimaging techniques An overarching goal of the Human Sciences research groups at the U. S. Army Research Laboratory is to expand our understanding of the impact of an individual’s current state on future behavior and to increase predictability of the individual or team by (1) gaining access to covert mental activity inaccessible through common means, or (2) biasing the individual toward more reliable behavior. This mental activity includes but is not limited to perception, attention, decision-making, and communication. We aim to explore advanced analytical techniques and technologies that utilize known brain-behavior relationships to increase the predictability of human behavior and to explore emerging algorithms and neurostimulation techniques that may be more robust to non-laboratory environments. Active researchers in this group primarily use electroencephalography (EEG) but occasionally also employ other neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, DSI) to understand the neural features associated with a behavioral outcome. Neurostimulation (TMS, rTMS, tDCS, tACS) is also occasionally used to bias a behavioral outcome. Common analytical tools used may include but are not limited to machine learning, advanced statistics, signal processing, and network science. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in Cognitive Neuroscience research with a solid computational emphasis. This opportunity supports one of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Human Sciences Campaign primary objectives in advancing our understanding of cognitive performance and predicting human behavior, and is in alignment with Essential Research Areas (ERAs) of accelerated learning and human-agent teaming. Keywords: cognitive neuroscience, neurostimulation, perception, attention, EEG, neuroimaging Click here for more information

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