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.


Open Postdoc position!

Thanks to my ESRC grant taking "a computational approach to understanding maladaptive cognition in depression" (grant details here), I'm looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to start by Summer 2021 for up to Dec 2022. A PhD in a related field with considerable experience applying mathematical modelling techniques to data, and strong abilities in programming and statistics are essential. Expertise in neuroscience of mental health and fMRI are highly desirable.

Full details and how to apply: https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=0221-029

Application deadline: 6 April 2021

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