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


Giuseppe Castegnetti (Postdoc)


I studied physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where I obtained a MSc with a thesis on estimating the plasma density in thermonuclear fusion reactors. Then, as a PhD student with Dominik Bach at the University of Zurich, I applied computational methods to study the behavioural and neural bases of fear and anxiety. In Benedetto De Martino’s lab, I am investigating how uncertainty drives learning and concept generalisation, and whether this knowledge could help building more flexible machines. Contact me

Mariana Zurita (Research assistant & Lab manager)


I am a Biotech Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where I also got my MSc in Engineering. My thesis focused on developing machine learning classifiers based on Brain MRI to better understand Multiple Sclerosis. I'm currently investigating the difference between perceptual and value-based decisions. Contact me

 Pradyumna Sepulveda Delgado (PhD student)


My background is in engineering, brain imaging and neuroscience. I am a Biotech Engineer and MSc in Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. I also have a MSc in Neuroscience from King’s College London. I am currently doing my PhD in the BdM lab and am interested in the role that uncertainty has in decision and learning processes. Particularly in how action and values are integrated into the construction of confidence. Contact me

Leonhardt Unruh (MRes student)


I studied psychology at the Georg-August-University Goettingen where I did my bachelor thesis on the effects of introducing game-like elements in visual psychophysical experiments. For my MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience I am currently investigating the influence of familiarity on value-based choice processes.

Luna Kamps (MRes student)


I am a BSc graduate from University College Maastricht with a background in cognitive neuroscience and philosophy. Currently, I am doing my MRes at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. For my dissertation at the BdM Lab, I am interested in further investigating the properties of confidence in value-based decision-making. Contact me

Ned Davies (MSc student)


Considered the Richard Feynman of modern biosciences, Ned has added a huge amount of intellectual clout to our group. A true polymath, he spent the summer in an arms race with the Chinese government over the development of novel opioids and now splits his time between a sort-of ‘Researcher-at-large’ role in our lab and his job as a digital publishing guru at a start-up called The Pigeonhole. An elite athlete, he was UCL Men’s Rugby Captain but has given up scoring tries for tracking eyes. We aren’t exactly sure what he is working on as his eccentric style often sees him scuttling around making tea or trapped in the stairwell. It’s not our job to ask questions, we just chill the champagne and wait for the inevitable Nature publication to roll in. Contact me

Haonan Zhang (MSc student)


I obtained my bachelor Biological Sciences degree at the University of Tsukuba, where I studied dopaminergic neuron’s contribution to appetitive memory formation in Drosophila larvae. I am a current student in MSc. Cognitive Neuroscience, with a keen focus on the value integration process in decision making. Contact me

Michael Taylor (MSc student)


Originally studying Chemistry at Oxford University, where I built computational models of deuterated water clusters for my part II, I eventually succumbed to the siren song of paid employment.  A long stint delivering technology for banks in Accenture and Deloitte (where I still work part-time) was enough to snap me out of my capitalist stupor and lure me back to academic life; a recently completed masters in Data Science from City University announcing my return. Coming to the inevitable conclusion that the best bits of AI are Bayesian networks, neural networks and reinforcement learning the Cognitive and Decision Science programme at UCL is where I now call home. My particular interest is in how the cognitive biases and processes that we possess can be represented in artificial agents. Contact me


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