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Welcome to the Stauffer lab at the

University of Pittsburgh.

How do we estimate uncertainty? How do we deliberate? How do emotions influence deliberation? In short, how do we think, and what functional roles do cell types and circuits have in thinking and natural intelligence? We are committed to providing answers to these fundamental questions.


We Are Recruiting

As of Sept 2023: We are recruiting lab members at all levels. Potential graduate students should apply directly to the CNUP, but are welcome to contact Bill to discuss opportunities.  Potential postdocs or research scientists in neuroscience and/or molecular biology should contact Bill directly

Come Join The Team

Recent Publications

Computational complexity drives sustained deliberation

Hong, T., Stauffer, WR. Nature Neuroscience April 2023

Rare rewards amplify dopamine responses

Rothenhoeffer, K., Hong, T., Alikaya, A. Stauffer, WR. Nature Neuroscience April 2021


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Circuits, Cell Types, and AAVs

We are dedicated to cultivating a diverse lab environment, and do not discriminate based on race or ethnicity, immigration status, sexuality or gender identity, socio-economic, or disability status.

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