Dr Anthony Gabay
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow
My previous research investigated the neuropharmacology of social interactive behaviour using psilocybin (magic mushrooms), MDMA (ecstasy) and ketamine. I utilised game theoretic tasks alongside fMRI to see how these compounds effect the neural underpinnings of one's propensity to trust, cooperate and punish in social settings. While at the MSN lab I will be using computational models to further examine this data, as well as investigating the relationship between peoples' valuation of social rewards and their lifetime drug-use. I am interested in understanding how the changes in social interactive behaviour seen in psychiatric conditions can be explained by their wider cognitive deficits, as well as how this is modulated at the neural level.