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Welcome to the Badre Lab!

The Badre Lab studies the neural systems supporting the cognitive control of memory and action. The lab employs cognitive neuroscience methods including behavioral testing, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), computational modeling, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and testing of patient populations.

LAB News & Announcements 

9/11/2020: Multiple congratulations are in order:

Two of our undergraduate researchers, Ijeoma Uche and Isabel Reyes, are recipients of Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching & Research Awards for the Fall 2020 semester (UTRAs). UTRAs are granted to “students and faculty who have demonstrated a high level of motivation and interest in the field(s) represented in the project and who bring ideas and background that strengthen the probability of a collaborative partnership.” Ijeoma and Isabel more than met this criteria, given their contributions to research and strong history of collaboration with Dr. Badre. 

6/22/2020: A big congratulations to the wonderful Johanny Castillo, our post-baccalaureate RA, who recently accepted an offer to join a PhD program! The future Dr. Johanny Castillo will be working with the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience department in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst.

05/26/2020: Congratulations to our soon-to-be graduating research assistant Yael Braverman, who was recently awarded the Richard E. Whalen Award for Undergraduate Research: Excellence in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology! The committee considers students from multiple departments around Brown and takes into account their performance in their concentration, research, and honors thesis work. 

“The Richard E. Whalen Award was established in 1996 to mark the 40th anniversary of Professor Whalen’s graduation from Brown. In the spirit of Professor Whalen’s lifelong devotion and many contributions to research in the area of the biological underpinnings of behavior, the award will be granted each year to an undergraduate who has shown research excellence in the area of neuroscience and the biological basis of behavior broadly defined.”

4/29/2020: Today two of our amazing RAs, Yael Braverman and Emily Waters, presented their honors theses to the lab. We thank them both for their excellent thesis work, as well as all the work they’ve done with the lab over the years.

Click here to check out video thesis presentations from Emily and Yael!

Coming Soon: “On Task” – a book by Dr. Badre! 

"On Task" Book Cover

“A look at the extraordinary ways the brain turns thoughts into actions—and how this shapes our everyday lives.” 

Princeton University Press


On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done is an introduction to the neuroscience of cognitive control from Dr. David Badre, written for scientists and non-scientists alike.

The book is scheduled to be published in November 2020, but you can preorder your copy today from Princeton University Press or Amazon!


“Nobody has thought harder about how the brain gets things done than David Badre. In On Task, he moves from early studies of brain damage to modern neuroscience, from childhood to old age, and from human evolution and genetics to the demands of today’s electronic world. This authoritative, sweeping, and marvelously accessible book is a great introduction to the questions, insights, and puzzles of modern scientific thinking.”  —John Duncan, author of How Intelligence Happens

“In this engaging and authoritative book, David Badre introduces a critical but unfamiliar aspect of cognitive psychology, affording readers a new perspective on human decision making and behavior.”  —Matthew Botvinick, of Google DeepMind and University College London

Recent and Upcoming Talks:

  • Jan 16 – Boston Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology Lecture Series. VA Boston; Boston, MA
  • Feb 4 – Intramural Research Program Seminar, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH); Baltimore, MD
  • March 3 – Brain Imaging Research Center Speaker Series, University of Connecticut; Storrs, CT