I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. My lab’s research focuses on understanding information processing in human learning, decision making, and episodic memory, and how it is disrupted in psychiatric disorders (anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression) – an area recently dubbed computational psychiatry. In carrying out this work, we leverage tools from cognitive neuroscience, experimental and mathematical psychology, computer science, and statistics. We work at the intersection of theory and experiment, building computational models of information processing and testing them using both behavioral data and noninvasive neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG). More details about the type of research we do can be found on the lab website.


  • PhD
    Neuroscience, Princeton University
Research Methods
Computational Modeling
Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Eye tracking
Behavioral Analysis
Research Interests
Artificial Intelligence
Cognitive Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience
Fear and Anxiety
Individual Differences
Cognitive Control
Reinforcement learning
Episodic memory
Dr. Alec Solway
BPS 1147G
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
asolway [at] umd.edu