BA, MA, MSc, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
I am interested in how the brain makes complex decisions, for example decisions about novel items whose value has not been learned by extensive practice. I am also interested in how the brain encodes and processes complex cognitive representations and use them to make inferences. Additionally, I bring a special attention to how such thinking and decision-making are influenced by motivational factors.
A common thread is that I am intrigued by the similarities in cognition between humans and other primates, as well as by the differences between biological and artificial decision-makers.
My research has combined non-invasive tools in non-human primates, such as functional MRI and transcranial ultrasound stimulation, with computational modelling.
I have a degree in philosophy and one in neuroscience. I did my PhD under the supervision of prof. Matthew Rushworth.
Activation and disruption of a neural mechanism for novel choice in monkeys.
Bongioanni A. et al, (2021), Nature, 591, 270 - 274
Multiple systems in macaques for tracking prediction errors and other types of surprise.
Grohn J. et al, (2020), PLoS Biol, 18
A Basal Forebrain-Cingulate Circuit in Macaques Decides It Is Time to Act.
Khalighinejad N. et al, (2020), Neuron, 105, 370 - 384.e8