Benedetto De Martino (Principal investigator)


I am a cognitive neuroscientist who works in the field of decision making and neuroeconomics. I did my PhD  at University College of London.  Here I began to study human decision making, integrating economics models with the tools of cognitive neuroscience with the aim of developing a more realistic account of economic behaviour. In 2008 I was awarded a Wellcome postdoctoral fellowship with Daniel Kahneman as mentor. I worked two years in the Department of Economics at Caltech with Colin Camerer. I am now a Sir Henry Dale Fellow (Royal Society & Wellcome Trust) at the University College London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience where I am the Principal Investigator of the Decision Making Group. Contact me


Tomas Folke (PhD student)

My background is in experimental psychology: I did my BSc at the University of York and my MPhil at the University of Cambridge. In 2013 I received an ESRC Scholarship to continue my studies at Cambridge. My main research interest is the role of awareness in meta-cognition. Specifically, I want to understand what the benefits (and costs) are of being aware of one's confidence in a given decision. Contact me

Paula Kaanders (Lab Manager)

I am a the lab manager of the BdM Lab. My background is mainly in psychology and neuroscience, as I studied mostly those subjects while being an undergraduate at University College Utrecht. I also took some economics courses, which sparked my interest in a combination of the disciplines I was studying. Contact me

Metin Öztürk (MSc student)


I have studied physics but eventually dropped out and directed my readings towards social sciences. I graduated in psychology and comparative literature. Now, as an MSc student in Cognitive Neuroscience, I have a chance to combine my interest in social sciences with my interest in natural sciences. My primary research interests are motivation, metacognition and decision-making.  Contact me

Pradyumna Sepulveda Delgado (MSc student)


My background is in engineering, brain imaging and neuroscience. I am a Biotech Engineer and MSc in Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. I am currently a student in the MSc in Neuroscience program at King’s College London. I am interested in the role that uncertainty has in decision and learning processes. In particular, I’m studying how action and values are integrated into the construction of confidence. Contact me


  • Annika Boldt

  • Nora Heinzelmann

  • Fabrice Luyckx

  • Ernest Mihelj

We are looking for new people to join the lab, contact me if interested