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Faculty and Staff Profile

Kaileigh Byrne, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: 318 Brackett Hall
Phone: 864-656-3935

 Educational Background

PhD Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Texas A&M University 2017

BS Biology, Psychology
Trinity University 2012

 Courses Taught

Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 3330)


Kaileigh Byrne, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Clemson University. Her research focuses on individual differences and mechanisms of reward-based decision-making using neuroimaging, computational, genetics, and physiological methods. In particular, Kaileigh Byrne’s work examines how factors such as psychopathological symptoms, personality traits, aging, and performance pressure affect decision-making outcomes. She is interested in factors that affect individuals’ tendency to engage in goal-directed versus habit-based decision strategies, people’s ability to focus on immediate and delayed outcomes of their decisions, and individuals’ responses to gain and loss feedback during decision-making.

 Research Interests

-Reward Processing
-Individual differences in cognition
-Performance pressure
-Cognitive aging