Chloe Paterson on KXCI’s “Thesis Thursday” – 6/11/2020

My name is Chloë Paterson and I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona. I work in the Neuroscience of Reinforcement Learning and Decision-Making Lab with Dr. Robert Wilson and PhD Candidate Jack-Morgan Mizell, where I study how aging affects decision-making strategies. Specifically, I am looking at decision-making biases in older adults and how the COVID-19 pandemic potentially impacts both these biases and cognitive well-being. During the previous two years, I also studied the decision-making behavior of bumble bees in the lab of Dr. Anna Dornhaus. In the future, I plan to pursue graduate-level research related to computational neuroscience. I grew up in Kingman, Arizona and like writing, cooking, and exploring the outdoors in my free time. 

Picture of Chloe Paterson
Picture of Chloe Paterson recording observations of bumble bees during an experiment
Picture of Chloe Paterson hiking in the mountains