THE COGNITIVE, COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE OF MOTIVATED BEHAVIOUR
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.
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'.
Tanja was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) for her opinion on new research on over training in athletes, as it draws on her expertise in motivational fatigue. Read about and listen to it here
MSN Lab is moving!
From summer 2020 the lab will be based at the Centre for Human Brain Health, University of Birmingham, UK.
MSN lab awarded a Christ Church Research Centre grant, for Dr. Apps and Dr. Gabay to develop a predictive model of social behaviours using a transdiagnostic approach.
Dr.Uri Hertz and Dr. Matt Apps awarded British Council UK-Israel synergy programme grant, to organise a 2-day meeting on the topic of Social motivation to foster connections between UK and Israeli based scientists
MSN lab awarded a John Fell Fund grant to use behavioural ecology models to better understand human motivation.
Matt wins S4SN 2018 Early Career Award
Lab PI, Dr Matthew Apps, receives prestigious award that recognises the formation of new approaches or paradigms within a field of neuroscience
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