THE COGNITIVE, COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE OF MOTIVATED BEHAVIOUR

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Why do things feel effortful?

 

Why do we get fatigued? 

Why can motivation become impaired through ageing and in brain disorders?

 

Our group examines the role of fronto-striatal systems in the brain, their computations and the contributions of different brain chemicals underlying healthy and disrupted motivation.

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Why is social cognition demanding?

When do we decide to be altruistic and help others out?

How do we predict how motivated others are?

Our research dissects the contributions of different prefrontal regions, their computations and pharmacological basis of the processes that underlie 'social motivation'.

October 2022

Two new members join the lab!

Zhilin Su and Jamie Talbot started their PhDs at MSN lab. Welcome!

September 2022

Matt and Tanja received the 2022 Society for Neuroeconomics paper award 

The Society for Neuroeconomics awarded the authors for their paper “Neural and computational mechanisms of momentary fatigue and persistence in effort-based choice'”.

August 2022

Matt, together with Patricia Lockwood and Steve Chang, received the 2022 SANS Innovation Award

The Social and Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) awarded the authors for their innovative paper “Is There a ‘Social’ Brain? Implementations and Algorithms”.

September 2021

One new member for the lab!

New members join to the lab! Roberta Roberts joins as a postdoc to work on effort and force data. Welcome!

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August 2021

Sebastian and Tanja have finished their PhD 

The very first members of the MSN lab have finally finished their PhD studies at University of Oxford! They both have defended successfully their thesis and now they are officially Dr. Contreras-Huerta and Dr. Muller. Well done and congratulations, guys!

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