ABOUT ME

I’m a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, at Royal Holloway University of London, and an affiliated member of the Neuroscience of Mental Health group, at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

I am interested in understanding how we make decisions and how we come to feel in control of our actions and their consequences, i.e. have a sense of agency. Our experience of agency is foundational to our societal notions of responsibility and freedom of choice.

Using behavioural, computational, and neuroimaging methods, I investigate how learning and decision-making might be influenced by freedom of choice, confidence in a decision (aka metacognition), and how these also interact with our sense of agency. Moreover, thanks to an ESRC New Investigator Grant, I'm starting to explore how  these (meta)cognitive processes may become maladaptive and underlie psychiatric symptoms, such as depression.

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