Dr Andrea Pisauro

Andrea is a Postdoctoral Researcher. He completed a PhD at UCL in the laboratory of Matteo Carandini. He then moved to Glasgow to work on simultaneous EEG-fMRI in the laboratory of Marios Philiastides. He is interested in the neural basis and the computational principles underlying human decision making. His current work involves understanding the role of social context in shaping behavior and how it is encoded by the brain to inform valuation and decision making.



Principal Investigator

Matt is the Principal Investigator of the lab. Having completed a PhD and postdoc at Royal Holloway, University of London, he moved to Oxford first as a postdoc, then becoming a BBSRC Future Leader Fellow. He is now a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow and Research Lecturer in the Department of Experimental and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN) at the University of Oxford.



DPhil Student

Tanja is a Ph.D. Student at the Department of Experimental Psychology and New College, University of Oxford, supervised by Dr. Matt Apps and Prof. Masud Husain. She received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and an M.Sc. in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology from LMU Munich. Her present research is focused on the cognitive, neurobiological and neuroanatomical basis of fatigue and its impact on people's motivation. 



DPhil Student

Sebastian is a PhD student in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, supervised by Dr. Matt Apps and Dr. Molly Crockett. He holds an MSc in Neuroscience from University of Queensland, Australia, and a BSc in Psychology from Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile. His research focuses on understanding the neural and psychological mechanisms that underlie prosocial behaviour - what environmental and internal factors affect the decisions of an agent towards the well-being of others. In order to address these goals, he uses methods from cognitive neuroscience together with computational modelling approaches and behavioural paradigms.

Dr Anthony Gabay

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Anthony is a Postdoctoral  Fellow funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. He completed a PhD and post-doc at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, where he used neuropharmacological techniques to investigate how the brain processes information related to social interactions, such as trust and cooperation. 

Cody Kommers

PhD student

Cody is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology at Oxford, where he is supervised by Matthew Apps and Geoff Bird. Before coming to Oxford, Cody studied cognitive science at UCLA and Harvard. Most of the questions he is interested in revolve around how people think about other people, especially when those other people are different from oneself. 

Katie O'Nell

MRes student

Katie O'Nell is an MRes student in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, supervised by Dr. Matt Apps and Prof. Nick Yeung. She received a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied facial identity and emotion recognition. Her current research focuses on how effort expended in understanding a social landscape affects social decision-making. 

Lucy Fisher

BSc student

Lucy is a third year Neuroscience student from the University of Keele on placement for the year. She is currently working with Andrea Pisauro to research the effects of deadlines on motivation to complete a task.

Alice Floris

MSc student

Alice is a visiting MSc Erasmus student studying Experimental and Theoretical Psychology at the University of Ghent. She is interested in social decision making concerning fairness. Also, at the University of Ghent, she studies the influence of free will beliefs on intentionality bias and prosocial behaviour.



former DPhil student

Now a Lecturer in Christchurch New Zealand


former MSc Student

Now doing a PhD with Dr. Trevor Chong at Monash University


Former Research Assistant


former MSc Student

Now doing a PhD with Dr. Rob Hardwick UC Louvain, Brussels


Arno Gekiere

Former MSc student

Daniele Pollicino

Former MSc student

Busra Yelbuz

Former MSc Student

Now doing a PhD with Dr. Rob Hardwick UC Louvain, Brussels