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Zeb Kurth-Nelson

Zeb Kurth-Nelson

zebkurthnelson [at] gmail [dot] com
Honorary Fellow


Short CV

PhD in Neuroscience, 2009, University of Minnesota
BS in Computer Science, 2003, Iowa State University

Research Interests

  • Deep RL models for decision making in the brain
  • Exploration, experimentation, active learning
  • Spontaneous sequences and learning and using relational maps
  • Brain-inspired network architectures


Selected Publications

Economides, M., Kurth-Nelson, Z., Lübbert, A., Guitart-Masip, M., & Dolan, R. J. (2015). Model-Based Reasoning in Humans Becomes Automatic with Training. PLOS Computational Biology, 11(9), e1004463. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004463

Kurth-Nelson, Z., Economides, M., Dolan, Raymond J., & Dayan, P. (2016). Fast Sequences of Non-spatial State Representations in Humans. Neuron, 91(1), 194-204. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2016.05.028

Wang, J. X., Kurth-Nelson, Z., Tirumala, D., Soyer, H., Leibo, J. Z., Munos, R., Blundell, C., Kumaran, D., & Botvinick, M. (2016). Learning to reinforcement learn. > cs > arXiv:1611.05763v3. Retrieved from

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