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)


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 imagery and concept generalisation in the context of 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 have finished MSc in Neuroscience program at King’s College London and I will start my PhD in the BdM lab this year. 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

Mihaela Nemes (MRes student)



I am a Genetics graduate from University of York, where I focused on the overlap between molecular biology and neuroscience. I put great emphasis on both multidisciplinarity and research in itself, and I was eager to extrapolate my biological understanding of the brain to a cognitive perspective. This led to my academic journey on a MRes in Brain Sciences at UCL. I currently investigate the phenomena of confidence-leak in humans where I employ diverse psychophysical and neurobiological methods to better understand the roots of overconfidence, and how overconfidence may bias our everyday decisions. Contact me

Amy Benson (MSc student)


I have studied Psychology at Newcastle University and am now a masters student on the Cognitive Neuroscience MSc programme at UCL. I am interested in how our memories contribute to the decisions that we make and will work with eye tracking. I am particularly interested in the link between value judgements and memory, and the level of confidence that we have in our decisions. Contact me

Tanveer Bal (MSc student)


I'm a graduate in English, from Christ University, Bangalore, a post-graduate in Philosophy, from Delhi University, New Delhi and am currently pursuing my MSc. in Cognitive Neuroscience, from UCL.  I'm interested in how the brain forms representations of the world through concepts, and the links between conceptual categorisation and decision making. Contact me


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